Three songs for unaccompanied choir
Woodward, Mark E., 1982-
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Using Maurice Ravel's Trois Chansons as a point of departure, this composition explores the possibilities of motivic, harmonic, and rhythmic development from a shared opening phrase. As a result of this free exploration, the piece losses its association with Trois Chansons as it develops. This works utilizes various compositional techniques from 16th-century counterpoint to 20th-century serial transformations. The poetry was written by young Missouri musicians and explores expressly secular topics and perspectives as a reaction to the large body of sacred choral music.
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Acknowledgements -- Poetry -- Program notes -- 1. Universal imperitive. -- 2. Birds of paradise. -- 3. The Day slipped by.
2009 Freely available theses (MU)