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  • Romantic Tributes to Beethoven, Beloveds, and a Friendship Forged, Lost, and Regained: Schumann’s Fantasie, Op. 17 and Liszt’s B-minor Sonata, S. 178 

    Chen, Li-Hsin (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2018)
    Robert Schumann’s Fantasie in C Major, Op. 17 (1836-38) and Liszt’s Sonata in B Minor, S. 178 (1853) are generally regarded as among each composer’s greatest works for solo piano and are included in pianists’ “must-play” ...
  • For whom the bell tolls for flute (piccolo), soprano saxophone (alto saxophone), percussion, and piano 

    Yin, Hao (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2018)
    This piece is inspired by "Meditation XVII”, a poem written by John Donne in 1624. It appears in Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions and Seuerall Steps in my Sicknes. The opening line is: "PERCHANCE he for whom this ...
  • forsan et haec olim meminisse iuvabit 

    Strawbridge, Adam J. (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2018)
    This quartet features a transparent structure in which a dense, static ensemble motif gradually and smoothly transforms into a highly active and agitated counter-motif. This process repeats twice: with each iteration, ...
  • Temporal and harmonic concerns in the music of Robert Carl 

    Morel, Daniel Eric (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2018)
    Robert Carl is a composer-critic based in Hartford, Connecticut. His hyphenated career has involved creating, teaching, and commenting on music for the latter half of the twentieth century up to the present. Initially ...
  • Teaching Undergraduate Music Theory Through World Music 

    Gianakon, Hong Hong (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2018)
    Living in an era of highly networked technology, twenty-first century musicians have the advantage of accessing music from all over the world with just a few taps on their electronic devices. They are fascinated by ...
  • Concerto for Two Horns and Orchestra 

    Morel, Daniel Eric (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2018)
    This concerto for two horns and orchestra is a 25-minute work for two virtuoso horn players and full-size orchestra. The work draws on images of the Rocky Mountains and Western United States. Three movements depict a ...
  • Three Portraits of Pipa – for pipa and orchestra 

    Gianakon, Hong Hong (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2018)
    Three Portraits of Pipa is a three movement concerto for pipa, a traditional Chinese plucked-string instrument that has a history of more than 2000 years in China. The large variety of timbres of the pipa gives the ...
  • The Seventh Sun For Orchestra 

    Ketjuntra, Arsid (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2018)
    In this work I have created sounds to represent a series of events that signify the apocalypse in Buddhism, the day that seven suns appear in the sky. It is said to bring about the end of this old, present world. No ...
  • Material Evidence 

    Landon, David Paul (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2018)
    Material evidence is a twelve-and-a-half minute long work for twenty-two musicians and electronics. The main inspiration for the work came as a combination of scientific research in the field of music cognition and ...
  • The Musical Education and Involvement of the Six Wives of Henry VIII 

    Little, Brooke Catherine (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2017)
    The first half of sixteenth-century England was a land permeated by religious upheaval and political instability. Despite being a land fraught with discord, it was a time of great advances in education, theology, and ...
  • Concerto for Tenor Saxophone and Wind Ensemble 

    Baker, Dylan Arthur (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2017)
    I wrote CONCERTO FOR TENOR SAXOPHONE AND WIND ENSEMBLE in the tradition of the grand concerti of the nineteenth century, but incorporating a modern sense of harmony and rhythm. The spirit of the piece is very in the ...
  • Great Fool: Six Poems of Ryōkan for Tenor and Orchestra 

    Greenwood, Morgan Reed (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2017)
    Great Fool: Six Poems of Ryōkan for tenor and orchestra (2017) is a piece of music written for tenor voice and orchestra in six interconnected songs lasting approximately thirteen minutes. Each song is an English ...
  • "Whatever you do, fund the band": The History and Continuing Implementation of the 1921 Iowa Band Law 

    Jenkins, Derek Michael (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2017)
    For years, community bands had two methods of receiving the requisite funds needed for operation during the concert season: donations from local businesses or the “pass-the-hat” method. The money was used to finance ...
  • BOOM!!! ...for Real! 

    Landis, Steven Jon Jr. (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2017)
    BOOM!!! ...for Real! is a fifteen-minute chamber concerto for alto saxophone (doubling tenor) and mixed chamber ensemble. The paintings and techniques of three American expressionist painters—Cy Twombly, Franz Kline, ...
  • Maurice Ravel and Paul Wittgenstein: Le Concerto pour la Main Gauche in Response to World War I 

    Boccard, Aurélien Bastien (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2017)
    Austrian pianist Paul Wittgenstein (1887–1961) lost his right arm during World War I. Wittgenstein recovered from the surgery, then in 1915 returned to Vienna to commission one of the most celebrated left-hand piano ...
  • Irreverent Faith: Neoclassicism, Catholicsm, and Humor in Francis Poulenc's Sacred Choral-Orchestral Works 

    McClure, Sara Elizabeth (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2017)
     Francis Poulenc's (1899-1963) music, along with that of his early twentieth-century French contemporaries, occupies a unique place in the classical music canon. Its accessibility, and often its humor, led many scholars ...
  • Mathias and the Storm for Orchestra 

    Jenkins, Derek Michael (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2017)
    There is a piece of folklore that is pervasive in my hometown of Dubuque, Iowa. It is an anecdote that many Dubuquers learn in grade school as it has passed from generation to generation. The story, which weaves ...
  • Un Chien Andalou – An Orchestral Film Score 

    DeWalt, Philip (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2017)
    Un Chien Andalou - An Orchestral Film Score, is a one-movement work for small orchestra composed as live accompaniment to the 1929 silent film Un Chien Andalou by Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dali. Several factors went ...
  • Children of Chaos: Three Movements for Orchestra 

    Powell, Aubrie (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2017)
    Two characters from The Chronicles of Chaos trilogy by John C. Wright inspire these three movements for orchestra, “Amelia,” “Colin,” and “Exit.” The characters in the story are not human and have different powers ...
  • Symphonic Poem No. 1, Poems on Stone Drums, for Full Orchestra 

    Shao, Zheng (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2017)
    Symphonic Poem No. 1, Poems on Stone Drums is an orchestral piece with three main sections played in a single continuous movement. Its inspiration comes from a set of ancient Chinese seal scripts on ten drum-shaped ...

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