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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Marshall Griffith's “Duel for Solo Guitar”: Performance edition and analysis
by Nitz, Ryan, D.M.A., Arizona State University, 2009, 98; 3392129
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this project is to introduce Marshall Griffith's composition, Duel for solo guitar, with a detailed analysis of the piece, insights from the composer, and an edition adapted for performance. Using music notation software, an authoritative digital score appropriate for publication is produced by the author from the composer's original manuscript. Discussion of the performance edition deals with right- and left-hand fingering solutions. The compositional language of the work is examined through an analysis of the aspects of overall form, pitch, and motivic usage. All aspects of this paper are reviewed and approved by the composer, whose input is obtained through telephone interviews and e-mail communication, and who graciously grants his permission and cooperation in the execution of this project. Marshall Griffith (b. 1953) is an established and prolific American composer and has taught at the Cleveland Institute of Music since 1975, serving full time on the music theory faculty there since 1982. As of the writing of this abstract, Duel for solo guitar has never been published. Expanding the guitar's repertoire and adding to the body of known composers for the instrument are important in ensuring its continued vitality and, by introducing Marshall Griffith's Duel for solo guitar in technical, historical and analytical contexts, this project represents a significant contribution to the field of classical guitar research.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Koonce, Frank
Commitee: Landschoot, Thomas, McLin, Katherine, Rogers, Rodney, Rotaru, Caitlin
School: Arizona State University
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-A 71/01, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Music
Keywords: Analysis, Duel for Solo Guitar, Edition, Griffith, Marshall, Guitar, Performance, Performance edition, Solo
Publication Number: 3392129
ISBN: 978-1-109-57566-8
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