Type of Document Master's Thesis Author Jacob, Lindsey M. Author's Email Address firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com URN etd-04282010-100158 Title Homecoming at an Old Country Church Degree Master of Music (M.M.) Department Music Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Constantinides, Dinos Committee Chair Beck, Stephen David Committee Member Campbell, Griffin Committee Member Keywords
- orchestral score
- new music
- folk music
- music composition
Date of Defense 2010-04-01 Availability unrestricted AbstractIn numerous communities in the United States, church congregations gather once a year for a special homecoming service that includes food, fellowship, worship, and exceptional music. Homecomings at Cana Baptist Church, an old country church in rural Southern Illinois, hold some of my fondest childhood memories. The special musical performances were the highlight of the day’s festivities, and to this day remain an integral part of my musical identity.
This thesis exposes elements of southern gospel music, in particular bluegrass gospel. I explore stylistic tendencies of up-beat accents, prominent five-one bass progressions, and pitch bending. I also include several melodic quotations from traditional music, such as When we all get to Heaven, Down to the river to pray, Daniel Prayed, and Working on a Building. In preparation for writing this piece, I studied music by composers Charles Ives, Béla Bartók, Igor Stravinsky, Witold Lutosławski, Arvo Pärt, John Tavener, and Julia Wolfe.
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