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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Smith, Kevin Doyle
Author's Email Address ksmit43@lsu.edu
URN etd-06032004-215359
Title The Style of Meditation: A Conductor's Analysis of Selected Motets by Rihards Dubra
Degree Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.)
Department Music
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Kenneth Fulton Committee Chair
Lori Bade Committee Member
Sara Lynn Baird Committee Member
William Grimes Committee Member
David Madden Dean's Representative
  • holy minimalism
  • Rihards Dubra
  • Latvian choral music
  • Baltic choral music
Date of Defense 2004-04-27
Availability unrestricted
 Born in Riga, the capital of Latvia, on February 28, 1964, Rihards Dubra is one of

the emerging composers of the great Baltic choral tradition. The scope of this research is

to provide an introduction to the Latvian composer's music and a conductor's analysis of

selected Latin motets. Works to be examined include:

Salve Regina (1992) SSAATTBB

Gloria patri (1992) SSAATTBB

Oculus non vidit (1993) SSATTB

Ave Maria (1994) SSAATTB

Veni sancte Spiritus (1994) SATB

Rorate caeli (1996) SSAATB (with ST soli)

Veni Creator Spiritus (1998) SATB

Magnificat (2000) SSATB

The research is divided into three chapters. The first chapter is entitled, "The

Influence of Tradition," and will briefly explore the influences on Dubra's style including

Latvian folk music, early music, and the music of the Holy Minimalists (John Tavener,

Henryk Gorecki, and Arvo Pärt). This chapter will also provide important working

definitions for terms that will be used in chapter three; these terms include minimalism,

holy minimalism, drone, ostinati, etc. Chapter Two is entitled, "Rihards Dubra: The Man

and His Music," and will contain biographical, repertoire, and stylistic information. The

final chapter, "The Style of Meditation: A Conductor's Analysis of Selected Latin

Motets," will analyze the previously mentioned a cappella motets with consideration

given to style, techniques, and pedagogy.

Rihards Dubra's music can be classified in many ways, Neo-Medievalism, Holy

Minimalism, or by his own words "the style of meditation." It is not by astoundingly

well spun melodic lines or amazingly complex harmonic structures that Dubra's music is

propelled, it is in the simple juxtaposition and superimposition of motives, carefully

planned repetition with subtle changes, masses of chordal sound supported by long

pedals, the fascinating yet basic rhythm of speech, and the beauty of the human voice that

breathes life into Dubra's music.

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