Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Modern forms of an ancient art: a selection of contemporary fanfares for multiple trumpets demonstrating evolutionary processes in the fanfare form
by Florek, Paul J., D.M.A., University of North Texas, 2015, 83; 10032260
Abstract (Summary)

The pieces discussed throughout this dissertation provide evidence of the evolution of the fanfare and the ability of the fanfare, as a form, to accept modern compositional techniques. While Britten’s Fanfare for St. Edmundsbury maintains the harmonic series, it does so by choice rather than by the necessity in earlier music played by the baroque trumpet. Stravinsky’s Fanfare from Agon applies set theory, modal harmonies, and open chords to blend modern techniques with medieval sounds. Satie’s Sonnerie makes use of counterpoint and a rather unusual, new characteristic for fanfares, soft dynamics. Ginastera’s Fanfare for Four Trumpets in C utilizes atonality and jazz harmonies while Stravinsky’s Fanfare for a New Theatre strictly coheres to twelve-tone serialism. McTee’s Fanfare for Trumpets applies half-step dissonance and ostinato patterns while Tower’s Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman demonstrates a multi-section work with chromaticism and tritones. By applying modern compositional techniques to an older, abstract form, composers have maintained the original aesthetic while allowing for fanfares to be used as concert music. This document adds to the limited body of scholarly writing on modern fanfares.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Johnson, Keith
Commitee:
School: University of North Texas
Department: Music
School Location: United States -- Texas
Source: DAI-A 77/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Accounting, Music, Performing Arts
Keywords: Call, Ceremonial, Fanfares, Flourishes, Signal, Trumpet
Publication Number: 10032260
ISBN: 978-1-339-53436-7
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