Title page for ETD etd-04282010-100158

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Jacob, Lindsey M.
Author's Email Address ljacob4@lsu.edu, lindsey.jacob@gmail.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
  • orchestral score
  • new music
  • folk music
  • postmodern
  • polystylism
  • music composition
  • orchestra
Date of Defense 2010-04-01
Availability unrestricted
In 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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