An Analysis of Form and Tonality in Arnold Cooke's Sonata for Oboe and Piano (1957)

An Analysis of Form and Tonality in Arnold Cooke's Sonata for Oboe and Piano (1957)

Date: May 2008
Creator: Polk, Kristin Marie
Description: Arnold Cooke composed many works for oboe including two sonatas, a concerto and several pieces for chamber ensembles; however, his works are rarely performed. Through the analysis of form and tonality in his first oboe sonata, Cooke's musical style and influences become apparent. His musical style was primarily influenced by his teacher, Paul Hindemith, and can be characterized by traditional forms with the contemporary use of quartal harmonies and a variety of tertian sonorities. Cooke wrote music that is accessible for performers and audience members, and one way he achieved this accessibility is through the repetition of melodic ideas. In addition to exact melodic repetition, he also unified his works through fugue-like passages and sequences. Although he lived during a time of experimentation by many composers, Cooke maintained conservative elements in his music that he learned through his studies at Cambridge and through his studies with Hindemith. His first oboe sonata is tonal although he varied modes and used chromatic harmonies throughout. Cooke's clear writing and unique sound in his Sonata for Oboe and Piano (1957) provide oboists a solo piece for the repertoire that demonstrates a modern approach to the traditional style of composition.
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James (Santa Fe) Galloway’s Alabado And The Musical Traditions Of The Penitentes

James (Santa Fe) Galloway’s Alabado And The Musical Traditions Of The Penitentes

Date: December 2011
Creator: Weidman-Winter, Rebecca
Description: This dissertation explores the musical traditions of the Penitentes of New Mexico and how these traditions influenced James (Santa Fe) Galloway’s Alabado for soprano, alto flute, and piano. Due to geographical isolation and religious seclusion the music of the Penitential Brotherhood is not well known outside of these New Mexican communities. The focus of this study, as pertaining to the music of the Penitentes, is the alabado “Por el rastro de la cruz,” and the pito, a handmade wooden flute. Included in this paper are transcriptions of pito melodies performed by Vicente Padilla, Cleofes Vigil, Emilio Ortiz, and Reginald Fisher, which have been transcribed by John Donald Robb, William R. Fisher, Reginald Fisher, and Rebecca Weidman-Winter. Few resources are available on Galloway or Alabado, an unpublished work, yet the popularity of this piece is apparent from the regular performances at the National Flute Association Conventions and by flutists throughout the United States. This paper represents a significant contribution to the study of Alabado, the composer, and how this composition reflects the music, history, and people of New Mexico.
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Music for Solo Bassoon and Bassoon Quartet by Pulitzer Prize Winners: A Guide to Performance

Music for Solo Bassoon and Bassoon Quartet by Pulitzer Prize Winners: A Guide to Performance

Date: May 2002
Creator: Worzbyt, Jason Walter
Description: The Pulitzer Prize in Music has been associated with excellence in American composition since 1943, when it first honored William Schuman for his Secular Cantata No. 2: A Free Song. In the years that followed, this award has recognized America's most eminent composers, placing many of their works in the standard orchestral, chamber and solo repertoire. Aaron Copland, Samuel Barber, Walter Piston and Elliott Carter are but a few of the composers who have been honored by this most prestigious award. Several of these Pulitzer Prize-winning composers have made significant contributions to the solo and chamber music repertories of the bassoon, an instrument that had a limited repertoire until the beginning of the twentieth century. The purpose of this project is to draw attention to the fact that America's most honored composers have enlarged and enriched the repertoire of the solo bassoon and bassoon quartet. The works that will be discussed in this document include: Quartettino for Four Bassoons (1939) - William Schuman, Three Inventions for Solo Bassoon (1962) - George Perle, Canzonetta (1962) - John Harbison, Metamorphoses for Bassoon Solo (1991) - Leslie Bassett and “How like pellucid statues, Daddy. Or like a . . . an engine” (1994) ...
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The Musical Language of Joan Tower: An Energy Line Analysis of  Island Prelude for Oboe and Wind Quartet

The Musical Language of Joan Tower: An Energy Line Analysis of Island Prelude for Oboe and Wind Quartet

Date: December 2001
Creator: Shouha, Laura
Description: This dissertation provides an analysis of Island Prelude based on a method of analysis prescribed by the composer. The method, Energy Line Analysis, is essential to an enlightened performance. The content of this dissertation includes: biographical information, compositional influences, Joan Tower style periods, her works involving the oboe in a major role, and an Energy Line Analysis chart of Island Prelude. Island Prelude represents Joan Tower's musical language, the understanding of which is essential in an interpretation of her music.
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Faculty Recital: 2005-03-03 - Kathleen Reynolds, bassoon

Faculty Recital: 2005-03-03 - Kathleen Reynolds, bassoon

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Date: March 3, 2005
Creator: Reynolds, Kathleen
Description: Faculty recital performed at the UNT College of Music Recital Hall.
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Ensemble: 1999-03-03 - UNT Chamber and Symphony Orchestras

Ensemble: 1999-03-03 - UNT Chamber and Symphony Orchestras

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Date: March 3, 1999
Creator: UNT Chamber Orchestra
Description: Concert performed at the UNT College of Music Winspear Hall.
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Faculty Recital: 2013-02-10 - James Ryon, oboe and english horn; & Friends

Faculty Recital: 2013-02-10 - James Ryon, oboe and english horn; & Friends

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Date: February 10, 2013
Creator: Ryon, James
Description: Faculty recital presented at the UNT College of Music Voertman Hall.
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Ensemble: 2004-04-07 - Ensembles from UNT Center for Chamber Music Study

Ensemble: 2004-04-07 - Ensembles from UNT Center for Chamber Music Study

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Date: April 7, 2004
Creator: Center Piano Trio
Description: Concert performed at UNT Murchison Performing Arts Center, Winspear Hall on April 7, 2004 at 8:00 pm.
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Ensemble: 2008-02-20 - UNT Chamber Orchestra

Ensemble: 2008-02-20 - UNT Chamber Orchestra

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Date: February 20, 2008
Creator: UNT Chamber Orchestra
Description: Concert presented at the UNT College of Music Winspear Performance Hall.
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Ensemble: 2002-10-31 - UNT Wind Symphony

Ensemble: 2002-10-31 - UNT Wind Symphony

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Date: October 31, 2002
Creator: UNT Wind Symphony
Description: Concert presented at Winspear Hall at the Murchison Performing Arts Center.
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