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Lucia, Amina, and the Diva

This thesis is a foray into Romantic Italian melodrama through two of the soprano roles that defined them. Through Lucia (of Donizetti's "Lucia di Lammermoor") and Amina (of Bellini's "La...


Orientalism and the Continuation of the English Oratorio

Orientalist analyses in music exploded the field of musicology in the 1980s and 90s. However, examination of Orientalism in sacred genres remains lacking. In this study, Elissa Keck investigates...


Lyrics of Basotho Accordion Music as an Alternative Modernity

The study explores how the lyrics of Basotho accordion music qualify as an expression of alternative modernity. It analyzes why the music still retains some elements from the 'traditional' past...


Chinese Musical Language Interpreted by Western Idioms

By incorporating recent achievements of music theorists, composers, musicologists and ethnomusicologists, this monograph proposes a multidimensional approach to the analysis of Chinese composers Chen...


Arnold Schoenberg and Wassily Kandinsky

Expressionism was a radical form of art at the start of twentieth century, totally different from previous norms of artistic expression. Schoenberg's attention to expressionism in music is related to...


Observations in Ornette Colemans' Music During the Period of 1957-1963

This study examines the music of a pioneer of free improvisation in jazz: Ornette Coleman. Besides emphasizing the melodic language of this musician, this study presents analyses and transcriptions...


The Twentieth Century's Most Significant Works for Cello

The scope of this project includes thirteen selected pieces for violoncello (small pieces, unaccompanied and accompanied sonatas, and concerti) composed during the twentieth century, which hold a...


Russian Musical Influences of the Five on Works of Debussy

In 1880, Claude Debussy was recommended by his piano professor at the Paris Conservatory, Antoine Marmontel, to Madame Nadezhda Filaretovna von Meck, one of the most enlightened representatives of...


Language Techniques and Thematic Aspects of Basotho Accordion Music

Informed by the functionalist perspective, the study analyzes the Basotho accordion music over the period 1980 - 2005. Of particular importance are the various themes addressed by the verbal text...


Prisms

Prisms investigate the nature of music creation in our modern cyber electronic age and the complex relation between sound, technology, and music. Inspired from the writings of cybernetic composer...


Tongue

Drums and a distorted keyboard accompany the singer of the band as he recites the lyrics: "It painted our youth, painted our spirit, painted our rhythm, painted our style." The audience shouts along...


The Formation of Classical Saxophone Playing and Repertory in Estonia

This study is observing the formation and development of classical saxophone playing and repertory in Estonia. It examines the circumstances of the arrival of the instrument in Estonia, the first...


Naive Art and Its Reflection in Swedish Music

There has long been a connection made between music and visual art movements of around the turn of the twentieth century. Naive art, as exemplified by Henri Rousseau, has been virtually lost in such...


The Evolution of Rap and Roll

This work provides an analysis of the evolution of rap music from a technological, cultural, and historical perspective. The author uses historical references as well as interviews conducted within...


The Shona Marriage in the Shona Novel

This book investigates how the Shona novelists depict Shona marriage from the pre-colonial through colonial to post-colonial period. The book argues through a social historical approach to...


Von Mozart VOR Und Zur Ck

Von Mozart vor und zur ck bietet dem musikalisch und musikp dagogisch Interessierten an einer Reihe analytisch angesprochener Modelle einen groben Raster der Entwicklung der europ ischen Kunstmusik...


Ausgerechnet Mittelalter?!

Die Musik des Mittelalters scheint uns fern und fremd. Trotz Mittelalter-M rkten reihum wird sich das auch kaum ndern: Denn diese Musik bildet sozusagen die Kindheit und Jugend unserer Musikkultur,...


Brazilian Middle-Class Music

Brazilian music is and was always molded by different and sometimes contradictory elements brought by foreign cultures: African rhythms, European polca, Portuguese modinha. Hibridity is an old trend...


A Creative Collision?

Pre-colonial Owambo culture in northern Namibia was rich in music and dance. After the arrival of the Finnish missionaries in 1870, interaction between the Finns and the Owambo people brought about a...


Hari Bol

To talk of the role of 'silence' in the realm of music is bound to sound paradoxical at the outset. Silence or Death is invariably comprehended as the absence of sound; so much so that only by...


Petrucci and His Shadow

The manuscript sources for the Petrucci motet anthologies will likely remain a mystery. Although a few northern Italian manuscripts show varying levels of relationship to the first printed books of...


No Wave in Popular Music

Popular music is an exceptionally complex and broad field that has developed into a large amount of genres. Not all of them are still successful but none disappeared completely. They left some traces...


Composition, Perception, Analysis

This study looks at the ways in which music is analysed in the present time and the present context. It places the observer central to the overall picture and examines the individual's relationship...


The Beginnings of Republican Opera

Although opera first emerged in principalities such as Florence and Mantua at the turn of the seventeenth century, the Republic of Venice was the true birthplace of opera as we know it. It was there...


Chinua Achebe's Fiction

In the last four decades, it has become fashionable to descibe the language of Achebe's works as lucid or terse depending on the theoretical orientation of the analyst. Even among critics who have...


Rediscovering a Forgotten Voice

Johanna Magdalena Beyer stands among the relatively small number of composers to first write for the medium of percussion ensemble as it began its rise during the 1930s. Although her pioneering...


Schubert's Lyricism Reconsidered

This book re-examines the notion of Schubert's instrumental lyricism and explores its aesthetic and technical links with the discursive strategies of idealist lyric poetry. While Schubert's lyricism...


The Music for Solo Piano of Yannis A. Papaioannou Up to 1960

Greek art music is usually missing from textbooks of western music history, mainly because until recently it had not been approached in depth. This book provides an introduction to the music of the...


Thoughts on Two Bulgarian Paraphrases

Pancho Vladigerov is one of the most highly noted Bulgarian composers, who developed a successful musical career for over four decades in the early part of the twentieth century. He has left a...


In Search of the Divine

This book examines the aesthetic philosophies and the compositional approach of two contemporary composers, Arvo Part and John Tavener. They are often associated together for their spiritual approach...