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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Interposed between God and man: Agency in the Requiems of Berlioz and Fauré
by Clater, Michelle J., Ph.D., Indiana University, 2009, 391; 3363900
Abstract (Summary)

This dissertation explores the construction of agencies and modalities in the Requiems of Hector Berlioz and Gabriel Fauré. After developing a theory of agency that draws strands from Edward T. Cone, Eero Tarasti, Anthony Newcomb, Carolyn Abbate, Eric Drott, and Robert Hatten, I introduce an analytical system of agency, an element that is currently lacking in the field of agential theory. This system incorporates two new models designed to define agential types, decipher agential shifts and interactions, and measure degrees of agential growth. These models work in tandem with the concept of modalities to decipher nuanced shifts in the mental attitude or emotional state of the agent with respect to the liturgical text.

In the second half of the dissertation, I apply this analytical system to Hector Berlioz's Grande messe des morts (1837) and Gabriel Fauré's Requiem (1899-1900). Through an analysis of the specific musical techniques and parameters, the agential models clarify agential presence, define the character and resulting modality of an agent, and explain relationships between seemingly dissimilar sections. These analyses then produce an agential trajectory for each movement, whereby the analyst is better able understand each movement's structure.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hatten, Robert
School: Indiana University
School Location: United States -- Indiana
Source: DAI-A 70/06, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Music
Keywords: Agency, Berlioz, Hector, Emotion, Faure, Gabriel, France, Modality, Requiem
Publication Number: 3363900
ISBN: 978-1-109-24131-0
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