This thesis is written to accompany the full score of Kevin Poelking's By the Hands That Reach Us for wind symphony. The first chapter includes studies and expert opinions that attempt to define quality music. It begins with a brief synopsis of the recent (post World War II) increase of wind band repertoire and the difficulties that conductors encounter as a result. Quotations from conductors and composers throughout history are included in an attempt to shed light on the topic.
The second chapter is a detailed biography of composer Kevin Poelking. It discusses personal, professional, and musical experiences that have shaped his compositional voice. There are also specific music examples given with explanations as to how they affected Poelking in his development as a composer.
The final chapter is a detailed summary of Poelking's compositional process when writing By the Hands That Reach Us. The chapter includes original sketches, score excerpts, and specific compositional techniques that were used throughout the work.
|Advisor:||Phillips, Rebecca L.|
|Commitee:||Aragon, Antonette, David, James, Kenney, Wes|
|School:||Colorado State University|
|Department:||Music, Theatre and Dance (School of)|
|School Location:||United States -- Colorado|
|Source:||MAI 58/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Musical composition, Biographies, Music|
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