Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Three choral works by Dr. James Mobberley—the analysis rehearsal, and performance of “Poem to Ease Birth”, “Lullaby”, and “Spring: O Sparrow”
by Grizzel, Rachel Elizabeth, M.M., California State University, Long Beach, 2010, 113; 1486642
Abstract (Summary)

Dr. James Mobberley is an award-winning composer known primarily for his work involving instruments and electronic tape, but his few choral works are admirable as well. The purpose of this study is to help conductors prepare for successful performances of Poem to Ease Birth, Lullaby and Spring: O Sparrow.

Poem to Ease Birth, an a cappella work for soprano, alto, tenor, and bass. Lullaby, with limited piano accompaniment, is for soprano divisi, alto divisi, tenor, and bass. It was derived from Mobberley's Songs of Native North America . Spring: O Sparrow, an a cappella work for divisi soprano, alto, tenor, and bass, was originally part of Mobberley's Haiku of Haiku.

Facets examined include text history, form and harmonic language, text setting, and rehearsal and performance challenges. Knowledge was obtained through research, score study, an oral interview and email correspondence, and experience teaching and performing two of the works.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Talberg, Jonathan
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 49/02M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Canadian history, Music
Publication Number: 1486642
ISBN: 978-1-124-27990-9
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