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My mother's death, Part I
by Noh, H. Gerrey, Ph.D., Kent State University, 2013, 260; 3618858
Abstract (Summary)

Part I is a composition, a song cycle, My Mother's Death, for a countertenor, a soprano (off stage) and a chamber ensemble. A set of poems was graciously and generously provided by a poet, David Hassler, Program & Outreach Director of the Wick Poetry Center at Kent State University. My Mother's Death consists of four movements, and the duration is approximately 14 minutes. The work will include a coda featuring a special vocalization performed by members of the ensemble, representing the spirit of the deceased mother, Diana. Part II is a theoretical paper, Generative Principles in Schenkerian Performance Expression. My research begins with an in-depth investigation of The Art of Performance (2000), a posthumous publication of Heinrich Schenker (1868-1935). In my research, four hypotheses are presented, which are constructed from studies of Schenker's analytical and interpretive practices as well as current research on performance practice in related fields. The hypotheses are summarized into a single thesis in the concluding chapter. The outcome of my research attempts to offer a possible solution to reconstructing Heinrich Schenker's unfinished theory of performance. It also provides systematic approaches for performers to utilize as a basis for their musical interpretive practice.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Devore, Richard, Janson, Thomas
Commitee: Devore, Richard, Dowd, Thomas, Janson, Thomas, Lorenz, Ralph
School: Kent State University
Department: Music
School Location: United States -- Ohio
Source: DAI-A 75/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Music, Music education
Keywords: Chamber ensemble, Original composition, Schenker performance, Schenker, heinrich
Publication Number: 3618858
ISBN: 978-1-303-87376-8
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