Title page for ETD etd-06032010-140059

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Crews, Janice Elizabeth
URN etd-06032010-140059
Title Jennifer Higdon's Oboe Concerto: The Composition, Transformation, and a Performer's Analysis
Degree Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.)
Department Music
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Ryon, James Committee Chair
Byo, James Committee Co-Chair
Beavers, Gabriel Committee Member
Campbell, Griffin Committee Member
McKnight, Michelynn Dean's Representative
  • oboe
Date of Defense 2010-05-17
Availability unrestricted
This monograph presents a formal examination of Jennifer Higdonís Oboe Concerto in its various forms. Jennifer Higdon has garnered international success, yet few in-depth studies of her music exist. In this document, personal accounts from commissioners illustrate the unusual commission of Oboe Concerto. Likewise, the composer, a conductor, and soloists for premiere performances highlight unique aspects of the concerto, particularly its unusual form, multiple versions, and the potential challenges in preparing the work. Higdonís concerto showcases the lyrical capabilities of the oboe, with an emphasis on melody and sustained tone. The transformation of the concerto illustrates Higdonís skills of self-promotion, as she is willing to adapt her works to meet new demands from commissioners and audiences alike. Oboe Concerto is a strong example of the composerís distinctive compositional style, which is detailed in this monograph.
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