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Gordon Jacob: A background and study of his works for wind octet
by Fay, Matthew William, D.M.A., The Florida State University, 2010, 101; 3462298
Abstract (Summary)

Gordon Jacob's compositions include a wide variety of works, from unaccompanied solos to symphonies for orchestra. Jacob has become best known for his compositions for solo wind instruments. Previous studies of his music have focused on a single instrument, such as oboe, or works for large groups of instruments, such as wind ensembles. Jacob's works for chamber winds, however, have received little attention thus far.

This treatise explores and analyzes Jacob's works for wind octet. This exploration takes three distinct directions. First, Jacob's life is discussed, with attention paid to his contribution to wind instruments, specifically chamber music. Second, Jacob's writings on music are covered with attention paid to how and why Jacob composed music for wind instruments. Lastly, Jacob's three wind octets are analyzed with attention paid towards his exceptional skill composing for chamber winds.

The wind octets offer an opportunity for performers to play music by a skilled composer for wind instruments. In addition, the audience is given the opportunity to hear music that both charms and moves the listener. Studying how and why Jacob created these works provides valuable insight into the care and craftsmanship with which these works for chamber winds were created.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Keesecker, Jeffrey
School: The Florida State University
School Location: United States -- Florida
Source: DAI-A 72/09, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Music
Keywords: Chamber music, Divertimento, Jacob, Gordon, Orchestration, Serenade, Wind octet
Publication Number: 3462298
ISBN: 978-1-124-70907-9
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