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Eric Whitacre's When David Heard: Understanding Grief through the Lens of Kübler-Ross's Five Stages
by Klotz, Marcus L., M.M., California State University, Long Beach, 2018, 36; 10977634
Abstract (Summary)

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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Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Talberg, Jonathan
Commitee: Briggs, Ray, Lindau, Elizabeth
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Music
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
Publication Number: 10977634
ISBN: 978-0-438-90459-0
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