Type of Document Dissertation Author Hymes Onovwerosuoke, Wendy Kristin Author's Email Address email@example.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 Keywords
- african pianism
- bongani ndodana
- j.h. kwabena nketia
- fred onovwerosuoke
- justinian tamusuza
- joshua uzoigwe
Date of Defense 2006-12-04 Availability unrestricted AbstractRecent 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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