Title page for ETD etd-01102006-112619

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Rettie, Christopher Scott
URN etd-01102006-112619
Title A Performer's and Conductor's Analysis of Ingolf Dahl's Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Wind Orchestra
Degree Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.)
Department Music
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Griffin M. Campbell Committee Chair
Frank B. Wickes Committee Member
Katherine Kemler Committee Member
William Ludwig Committee Member
Jane Drake Brody Dean's Representative
  • Dahl
  • wind orchestra
  • saxophone
  • concerto
  • band
Date of Defense 2005-10-18
Availability unrestricted
Ingolf Dahlís Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Wind Orchestra was written in 1949 for the famous concert saxophonist, Sigurd Rascher and was then revised to its present state in 1953. The concerto, widely known by saxophonists and wind band conductors alike, is considered among the finest of repertoire for band as well as for saxophone. Although Dahlís concerto is one of the most frequently performed saxophone concerti, there has been surprisingly little written about it. Available published sources deal directly with the concerto, but do not address harmonic implications, the saxophone solo part, or the published wind band score.

This document seeks to address this overlooked aspect of Dahlís concerto and will provide a guide to assist performance from the point of view of the saxophone soloist as well as the conductor. The result is a new resource that will enable a greater harmonic understanding of the work for future performers.

This dissertation begins with a brief discussion of Dahlís biography and general compositional style and a section discussing the historical information about the concerto. After this brief introduction, an analysis of each movement is used to show ideas that assist a performer in better understanding the structure. Harmonic language and instrumentation are the main focuses of this section, helping the reader to form a more complete sphere of knowledge about the work. Other factors addressed include the harmonic progression of each movement culminating with each movementís harmonic role in the overall structure. As a result, a performer gains a better micro and macro understanding of the concerto. This section is divided into three chapters, each dealing with a separate movement.

Following the harmonic analysis is a section dealing with suggested performance guidelines. Among these guidelines is a discussion of aspects of performance particular to both saxophonist and conductor. The result is a better understanding of particular difficulties of instrumental parts in the ensemble, leading to a more efficient method of preparing for performance.

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