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Strange Tales From Appalachia: Pammanottus

Adkins, Joseph
Format
Thesis/Dissertation; Online
Author
Adkins, Joseph
Advisor
Coffey, Ted
Abstract
This essay presents my dissertation project Strange Tales from Appalachia: Pammanottus (a multi-media musical drama based on re-imagined Appalachian Folktales) and situates it in the context of key related works and compositional practices. I include my analyses of selected pieces that involve varied personal interpretations of ‘musical borrowing’, by which I mean the incorporation of indigenous music in Western concert music. Through close readings of Bartòk’s String Quartet No. 5, Ives’ Symphony No. 4 (Movements 1&2), and Crumb’s Unto the Hills, I examine three techniques: Stylistic Abstraction, Cumulative Form/Collage, and Setting. Informed by this research, I discuss the process of creating my multi-media work. Finally, I present a detailed musical analysis of Crumb’s Unto the Hills focused primarily on compositional technique. I also offer some personal reflections on the compositional issues involved in creating such hybrid music.
Language
English
Published
University of Virginia, Department of Music, PHD (Doctor of Philosophy), 2014
Published Date
2014-04-28
Degree
PHD (Doctor of Philosophy)
Collection
Libra ETD Repository
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