Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

An Analysis and Performance Guide for Anna Thorvaldsdóttir's Aura for Three or Four Percussionists
by Rush, Matthew E., D.M.A., The University of Nebraska - Lincoln, 2018, 90; 10846156
Abstract (Summary)

This doctoral document and accompanying lecture recital seek to illuminate and bring clarity to aura (2011) for three percussionists and AURA (2015) for four percussionists by Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdóttir. This composition is examined through a thorough musical and formal analysis to show that there is a guiding force to be found behind the sustained drones and complex bell themes of the piece. A performance guide to reduce the composition’s logistical and musical challenges is included in the hopes that it will shorten the learning curve for a new ensemble as they learn the piece. It is this author’s aim that this resource will make this composition accessible to a wider range of ensembles and thereby bring more exposure to the music of Anna Thorvaldsdóttir.

In addition, biographical information and a survey of the composer’s compositional process and style is included to increase the limited amount of scholarly research that currently exists on Dr. Thorvaldsdóttir and her works.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hall, David P.
Commitee: Anderson, Scott, Bushard, Anthony, Kleppinger, Stanley, Stage, Kelly
School: The University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Department: Music
School Location: United States -- Nebraska
Source: DAI-A 79/12(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Musical composition, Music theory, Music
Keywords: Analysis, Ensemble, Percussion, Quartet, Thorvaldsdóttir, Trio
Publication Number: 10846156
ISBN: 978-0-438-27475-4
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