This project report analyzes Eric Whitacre’s choral piece When David Heard, a work about grieving the loss of a son, alongside psychologist Elizabeth Kübler-Ross’s five stages of grief. The paper serves to better understand the lamentation of King David in Whitacre’s piece by seeing where each of the five stages fit into the process of grief throughout the piece.
The analysis observes Whitacre’s variety of musical devices such as tonal clusters, intermittent silences, and polyrhythms, as a means to describe the stages of grief that David is experiencing. By understanding these different stages of grief within the piece, one can conduct or sing the performance of this piece with better understanding of this grief.
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|Commitee:||Briggs, Ray, Lindau, Elizabeth|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 58/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Musical composition, Music theory, Music|
|Keywords:||Absalom, When David Heard (1999), Whitacre, Eric|
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