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Subject/Keyword
Dove
Passing
Keyboard
Post-minimalism
Chorus
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Lord, Brendan J.
Supervisor and department
Dr. Leonard Ratzlaff (Music)
Examining committee member and department
Dr. Victoria Meredith (University of Western Ontario)
Dr. Kathy Robinson (Education)
Dr. Howard Bashaw (Music)
Dr. Mary Ingraham (Music)
Dr. Debra Cairns (Music)
Department
Department of Music
Specialization
Choral Conducting
Date accepted
2013-09-30T15:19:37Z
Graduation date
2013-11
Degree
Doctor of Music
Degree level
Doctoral
Abstract
Known primarily for his success as a composer of opera, Jonathan Dove is gaining notoriety for his music for chorus and keyboard. He describes this music as modal and rhythmic, taking its inspiration from the classical music of North India and the American minimalist styles that developed during the 1960s and 1970s. The resultant post-minimalist style is both accessible and highly expressive. Of the eight pieces in Dove’s oeuvre for chorus and keyboard, seven are settings of sacred texts for chorus and organ, and one piece, The Passing of the Year, is a setting for double chorus and piano of works by various English poets. Written in 2000, the seven-movement choral cycle The Passing of the Year encapsulates Dove’s compositional language for chorus and keyboard and thus forms the core of this paper. The works for choir and organ are also explored via their shared and, in some instances, expanded palette of compositional techniques. Through an interview with Jonathan Dove, analysis of the scores, and a review of the small body of literature about his music, this study seeks to identify and describe the compositional elements which synthesize to form Dove’s distinctive compositional language. In addition, the author will share insights gained with respect to Dove’s musical influences and intentions, and will provide a discussion of each of the movements in The Passing of the Year.
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English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R3VD6PD15
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