The purpose of this paper is to provide the conductor with a practical approach to James B. Sinclair's concert band arrangement of "Country Band" March by Charles Ives. Ives's collage style of composition presents many ensemble challenges, the largest of these being the preservation of textural clarity. In effort to maintain clarity in performance, the project report discusses the fundamental components of clarity, being: tempo and pulse, style and articulation, and balance and blend, as related to the piece. Interviews with conductors and Ives scholars, James B. Sinclair and Jonathan Elkus, along with the author's personal experience conducting the work, inform solutions for typical performance issues. Research also provides a proper framework for interpretation.
|Advisor:||Carnahan, John A.|
|Commitee:||Birkemeier, Richard, Muller-Stosch, Johannes|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 52/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Music, Music education|
|Keywords:||Concert band, Conducting, Country Band March, Ives, Charles, Rehearsal and performance|
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