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Performing Rhythmic Dissonance In Ligeti’S Études, Book 1: A Perception-Driven Approach And Re-Notation, Imri Talgam 2019 The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Performing Rhythmic Dissonance In Ligeti’S Études, Book 1: A Perception-Driven Approach And Re-Notation, Imri Talgam

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Interpretive approaches to the Études have been limited by Ligeti’s choice of notation, which creates several layers of difficulty in the presentation of complex rhythms. In order to resolve some of these difficulties, this dissertation includes a complete re-notation of four Etudes, using a methodology based on research in cognition and perception of rhythm.

Based on this new score, the notion of rhythmic dissonance is developed as an analytical tool to investigate in-time perception of rhythmic complexity, drawing on existing work on metric entrainment and metric dissonance. Different compositional strategies for the production of rhythmic dissonance are shown to ...


The Incorporated Hornist: Instruments, Embodiment, And The Performance Of Music, M. Elizabeth Fleming 2019 The Graduate Center, City University of New York

The Incorporated Hornist: Instruments, Embodiment, And The Performance Of Music, M. Elizabeth Fleming

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Roland Barthes famously described the “grain” as “the body in the voice as it sings, the hand as it writes, the limb as it performs.” Stated simply, this project asks What is the body in the horn as it sounds? Instrumentality is typically understood as extension and expression beyond the boundaries of the body; brass instrument musicking, however, begins not where the sound emerges from the bell, but at the very least at the meeting point of the player’s breath, the surfaces of the body, and the tube of the instrument. This project of instrumental incorporation understands music as ...


Modern Conducting: An Exhibition Of Traditional And Commercial Conducting, Mark Edward McDowell 2019 Liberty University

Modern Conducting: An Exhibition Of Traditional And Commercial Conducting, Mark Edward Mcdowell

Masters Theses

From the 20th century onward, there has been many notable musical and technological developments. These developments have led to the formation of new musical genres and commercial ensembles. The new genres and commercial ensembles have pertinent implications for modern conductors. In addition to traditional forms such as instrumental, choral, and mixed ensembles, modern conductors must be aware of the unique characteristics of the new commercial ensembles. These new ensembles include the film scoring stage, the jazz ensemble, and the worship ensemble. In addition to utilizing the fundamental concepts of traditional conducting, modern conductors must also attain a working knowledge of ...


Cyber-Narrative In Opera: Three Case Studies, Naomi Barrettara 2019 The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Cyber-Narrative In Opera: Three Case Studies, Naomi Barrettara

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This dissertation looks at three newly composed operas that feature what I call cyber-narratives: a work in which the story itself is inextricably linked with digital technologies, such that the characters utilize, interact with, or are affected by digital technologies to such a pervasive extent that the impact of said technologies is thematized within the work. Through an analysis of chat rooms and real-time text communication in Nico Muhly’s Two Boys (2011), artificial intelligence in Søren Nils Eichberg’s Glare (2014), and mind uploading and digital immortality in Tod Machover’s Death and the Powers (2010), a nexus of ...


Poems To Open Palms: Praise Performance And The State In The Sultanate Of Oman, Bradford J. Garvey 2019 The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Poems To Open Palms: Praise Performance And The State In The Sultanate Of Oman, Bradford J. Garvey

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This dissertation traces the musical constitution of moral, economic, material, and social relations between rural communities and the state in the Sultanate of Oman. I argue that communities embedded within the authoritarian state hegemony of the Sultanate form and affirm social relations with the state through its embodied proxy, Sultan Qābūs bin Ṣa‘īd Āl Bū Ṣa‘īd, via the reciprocal exchange of state-directed giving and praise poetry responses. The circuit of exchange catalyzes the social production of political legitimacy and ensures continued generous distribution by mythopoetically presenting such cyclicity as resulting from elite and non-elite mutuality. This praise poetry ...


Reimagining The Flute Masterclass: Case Studies Exploring Artistry, Authority, And Embodiment, Sarah Carrier 2019 The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Reimagining The Flute Masterclass: Case Studies Exploring Artistry, Authority, And Embodiment, Sarah Carrier

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This work explores the flute masterclass as an aesthetic, ritualized, and historically reimagined cultural practice. Based on fieldwork that took place between 2017 and 2019 in the United States, in Italy, and on the social media platforms Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube, I argue that the masterclass—an extension of the master/apprentice system that dominates learning in the classical music tradition—is characterized by embodied qualities of artistry and authority. These qualities are not inherent, but are perceived through subjective, social, familied, and affective bodies.

Chapter One outlines the main themes and the research design. Chapter Two is a case ...


Analyzing Harmonic Polarities: A Tonal Narrative Approach, Stephen J. Whale 2019 The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Analyzing Harmonic Polarities: A Tonal Narrative Approach, Stephen J. Whale

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This dissertation aims to develop an approach to analyzing common-practice repertoire based on the dynamic interplay of centripetal and centrifugal forces. It aims at interpreting various kinds of chromaticism and modulation in terms of the interaction of forces moving away from the tonic or principal key (centrifugal) and those returning to it (centripetal). Centripetal forces also correspond to the force of cadential substantiation of keys, not only the principal key, which I call temporal-centripetal force; temporal-centrifugal forces correspond to the phenomena of tonal instability, of motion through multiple regions.

The dynamic interplay and counterbalancing of these forces is a core ...


Tonicizations, Periods, And Period-Like Structures In The Music Of Dvořák, Xieyi Zhang 2019 The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Tonicizations, Periods, And Period-Like Structures In The Music Of Dvořák, Xieyi Zhang

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Discussions of the tonal construction of parallel periods usually focus on the standard eighteenth-century layout in which the cadence at the end of the antecedent is either an imperfect authentic cadence (IAC) or half cadence (HC) in the main key. In exceptional cases, antecedents may deploy a reinterpreted HC—i.e., a perfect authentic cadence (PAC) in V that is reinterpreted as a tonic-key HC. Especially in music of the nineteenth century, however, one also often finds periods in which the antecedent concludes with a PAC in a key other than V. In these modulating antecedents, cadences of the antecedent ...


Imagining Africa: An Analysis Of Tropes And Motifs In Turn Of The Century Black Music, Shane Ortale 2019 The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Imagining Africa: An Analysis Of Tropes And Motifs In Turn Of The Century Black Music, Shane Ortale

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References to Africa exist in different forms in diasporic music from every country in the New World. In the case of the United States, an abundance of song lyrics of black writers and musicians from the turn of the twentieth century contain imaginings of the African continent. This thesis analyzes the many ways that these depictions were produced within the minstrel and vaudeville genres. While these artists faced many obstacles that limited the scope of their lyrical content, they used diverse strategies to undermine the racist world in which they lived. By juxtaposing and conflating tropes about black folks in ...


Exploring Political Action And Socialization Through Group Improvisation Within The Music Of Frederic Rzewski And Cornelius Cardew, Marcel Rominger 2019 The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Exploring Political Action And Socialization Through Group Improvisation Within The Music Of Frederic Rzewski And Cornelius Cardew, Marcel Rominger

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In the late 1960s, socialist composers, Cornelius Cardew and Frederic Rzewski, each established ensembles with the purpose of performing works consisting of experimental forms of improvisation. By employing group improvisation, and including untrained, non-musicians within their performances, they strove to use these ensembles as a model for society itself; this model includes a dissolution of the hierarchy among performers and the barrier between performer and audience. Improvisation helped music resist commodification by the culture industry or appropriation by authoritarian regimes for the purpose of propaganda. This dissertation aims to explore how Cardew and Rzewski constituted effective socialization and political action ...


Afro-Cuba Transnational: Recordings And The Mediation Of Afro-Cuban Traditional Music, Johnny Frias 2019 The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Afro-Cuba Transnational: Recordings And The Mediation Of Afro-Cuban Traditional Music, Johnny Frias

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This dissertation analyzes the way audio and video recordings and the internet have impacted, shaped, and helped create a transnational Afro-Cuban music scene. My focus will be on the most popular and widely-recorded genres of Afro-Cuban music—rumba and the religious repertoire of Santería, particularly batá drumming—both of which I also perform regularly with other Cuban musicians in Miami. Incorporating interviews, online ethnographic research, and participant-observation as a musician, my research has three main arguments.

First, recordings of Afro-Cuban music helped create a transnational Afro-Cuban music scene by increasing the popularity of these traditions outside of Cuba, including their ...


Johann Nauwach's Teütscher Villanellen: A Critical Performance Edition With Performance Practice Commentary, Christopher Pfund 2019 The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Johann Nauwach's Teütscher Villanellen: A Critical Performance Edition With Performance Practice Commentary, Christopher Pfund

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Johann Nauwach (1595–1630) was an early seventeenth-century German lutenist who was sent to Florence to study with Medici court lutenist, Lorenzo Allegri (1567–1648). Nauwach returned to Dresden around 1618 and published two volumes of songs. His first, Libro primo di arie passegiate a una voce per cantar (1623), contains monodic settings of popular Italian eclogues into which he composed extensive diminutions similar in style to Caccini. In 1627, Nauwach published Teütscher Villanellen dedicated to the nuptial celebrations of Sophie Eleonore of Saxony and Landgrave Georg II of Hesse-Darmstadt –– the same celebration for which Heinrich Schütz (1585 ...


Chamber Music, Cyclic Form, And The Ideal Of The Absolute In French Music And Literature, 1890–1918, Naomi Perley 2019 The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Chamber Music, Cyclic Form, And The Ideal Of The Absolute In French Music And Literature, 1890–1918, Naomi Perley

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Defeat in the Franco-Prussian War (1870–1871) caused a radical rethinking of French cultural priorities, including a shift in musical composition from theatrical genres to purely instrumental works. As concert music rose to prominence, French writers became intrigued by absolute music’s ability to communicate expressively without recourse to verbal language. Within this context, chamber music composed during the Belle Epoque (1871–1918) became the ultimate symbol of music’s ineffability. Despite its centrality to Belle Epoque culture, the stylistic origins and context of this genre remain unexamined. My dissertation argues that Belle Epoque chamber music became the locus of ...


Leonora Duarte (1610–1678): Converso Composer In Antwerp, Elizabeth A. Weinfield 2019 The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Leonora Duarte (1610–1678): Converso Composer In Antwerp, Elizabeth A. Weinfield

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Leonora Duarte (1610–1678), a converso of Jewish descent living in Antwerp, is the author of seven five-part Sinfonias for viol consort — the only known seventeenth-century viol music written by a woman. This music is testament to a formidable talent for composition, yet very little is known about the life and times in which Duarte produced her work. Her family were merchants and art collectors of Jewish descent who immigrated from Portugal in the early sixteenth century to escape the Inquisition; in exile in Antwerp, they achieved enormous success and provided the means with which to educate their children and ...


Women's Contributions To Viola Repertoire And Pedagogy In The Twentieth Century: Rebecca Clarke, Lillian Fuchs, And Rosemary Glyde, Eva R. Gerard 2019 The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Women's Contributions To Viola Repertoire And Pedagogy In The Twentieth Century: Rebecca Clarke, Lillian Fuchs, And Rosemary Glyde, Eva R. Gerard

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This dissertation discusses the life and work of Rebecca Clarke (1886–1979), Lillian Fuchs (1901–1995), and Rosemary Glyde (1949–1994), whose concept of the viola’s sound was fundamentally different from their male counterparts Lionel Tertis (1875–1975) and William Primrose (1904–1982). These women’s work has mostly been ignored, due to their gender and use of small forms in their compositions. This dissertation will explore the journeys of these three women through a discussion of their performances, pedagogy, and compositions; simultaneously it will chart the viola’s journey from obscurity to recognition as well as its evolution ...


Musc 340 Weekly Schedule (Syllabus), Eric B. Miller 2019 University of North Dakota

Musc 340 Weekly Schedule (Syllabus), Eric B. Miller

Open Educational Resources

Weekly class schedule for MUSC 340: Introduction to Music Technology. Includes weekly links to OER readings, online web-based music applications, videos, and reference materials.


Supervision In The Field.Docx, James Hiller 2019 University of Dayton

Supervision In The Field.Docx, James Hiller

James Hiller

The focus of this chapter is supervision provided in the field for undergraduate student music therapists (SMTs) moving through five developmentally sequenced levels of practicum. Accordingly, each level of practicum poses new challenges, but also provides opportunities for SMTs to hone already evolving competencies. Supervising in the field means being keenly present in the unfolding moments as SMTs engage with clients and learn from each encounter about themselves, their clients, treatment processes, and the potential impacts of music and music experiences in therapy. Field supervision is, therefore, exciting and often spontaneous work, but it is also a delicate business. SMTs ...


Is Love A Ladder? Reading Plato With Leonard Bernstein, Joshua T. Parks 2019 Western Michigan University

Is Love A Ladder? Reading Plato With Leonard Bernstein, Joshua T. Parks

The Hilltop Review

This paper reads Leonard Bernstein's Serenade after Plato's "Symposium" as a careful interpretation of and commentary on Plato's text. While a straightforward reading of Diotima's speech in Plato's Symposium suggests that human relationships are merely an instrumental step toward higher loves, Bernstein's music emphasizes the intrinsic goodness of interpersonal love. The connections between the two works have been dismissed as superficial by critics, but Bernstein's piece is actually carefully engaged with the narrative structure of Plato's text. It therefore encourages a re-reading of Plato's dialogue in which its form shapes and ...


Valse Du Boulevard, Michael Krohn 2019 Furman University

Valse Du Boulevard, Michael Krohn

Music at the Periphery – Dansemusik Volume

There is handwriting on the front cover that dates ownership to 1904. The cover is decorative. Published between 1900-1918.


Oselio Gals, Op. 196, Christian Teilman 2019 Furman University

Oselio Gals, Op. 196, Christian Teilman

Music at the Periphery – Dansemusik Volume

There is handwriting on the front cover, and the cover is decorative. The piece is dedicated to the owner of this collection.


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