Title page for ETD etd-11012004-135458

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Packwood, Gary
Author's Email Address gpackw1@lsu.edu
URN etd-11012004-135458
Title Compelled to Compose: An Introduction to the Life and Music of Paul Basler, with a Conductor's Analysis of Missa Kenya
Degree Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.)
Department Music
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Sara Lynn Baird Committee Chair
William Kenneth Fulton Committee Co-Chair
Evelyn Orman Committee Member
Willis Delony Committee Member
Joseph Ricapito Dean's Representative
  • Missa Kenya
  • mass
  • conductor's analysis
  • Paul Basler
Date of Defense 2004-09-10
Availability unrestricted
The choral literature of Paul Basler and his style are relatively unexplored. While his style is not readily identifiable, particular characteristics can be understood in their appropriate genres and cultural contexts. The compositional style of Missa Kenya features great variety, incorporating twentieth century American ‘classical’ techniques, and those based solely on indigenous tradition.

This document focuses on the life, influences, and music of Paul Basler, with particular attention to his composition, Missa Kenya. A conductor’s analysis and interpretational suggestions are also provided. Several interviews were conducted by email and in person with Paul Basler, and Ronald Burrichter, the conductor for which the piece was composed. Paul Basler’s influences, philosophies, and compositional styles are discussed, and the Missa Kenya is analyzed structurally and stylistically. A complete list of Basler’s choral compositions to date is included.

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