Title page for ETD etd-01172007-021340

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Hymes Onovwerosuoke, Wendy Kristin
Author's Email Address wkhymes@juno.com
URN etd-01172007-021340
Title African Art Music for Flute: A Study of Selected Works by African Composers
Degree Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.)
Department Music
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Katherine Kemler Committee Chair
James Ryon Committee Member
Jeff Perry Committee Member
Willis Delony Committee Member
Robert Perlis Dean's Representative
  • african pianism
  • bongani ndodana
  • j.h. kwabena nketia
  • fred onovwerosuoke
  • justinian tamusuza
  • joshua uzoigwe
  • oja
Date of Defense 2006-12-04
Availability unrestricted
Recent years have witnessed an increase in the number of Western classical music performers actively programming works employing multi-cultural musical idioms. Though there exist many compositions by African composers, African art music is not often programmed by Western performers because of the lack of exposure these compositions have received, lack of commercially-available recordings, and the difficulties of obtaining information about African musical styles.

The information presented in this research aims to aid performers in their preparation and approach to performing African art music compositions, specifically those for the western flute. This research includes biographical information and compositional philosophies of five African composers: Bongani Ndodana, J.H. Kwabena Nketia, Fred Onovwerosuoke, Justinian Tamusuza and Joshua Uzoigwe. The specific pieces studied are Ndodana’s Visions for solo flute, Nketia’s Republic Suite, Onovwerosuoke’s Three Pieces for flute and piano, Tamusuza’s Okwanjula Kw’Endere, and Uzoigwe’s Oja Flute Suite. Aspects of style including the influences of traditional African musics and performance suggestions are discussed for all selected pieces.

This research also includes the following additional flute-related resources for obtaining information about African composers: names of institutions specializing in African music; discographies; lists of suggested recordings of non-Western flutes, African Pianism, and African orchestral and choral music; and a list of compositions for flute by African composers.

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