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  • 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 ...
  • Between Glimpses of Blue for Wind Ensemble and Fixed Media 

    King-Smith, Theodore Ronald (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2017)
    Between Glimpses of Blue is a work for wind ensemble and fixed media that uses the visual imagery of clouds as the inspiration for the piece, and as a direct influence for the form and orchestration. Cirrus, Stratus, ...
  • Five Ekmousikés for Solo Piano 

    Smith, Trevor Taylor (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2016)
    “Five Ekmousikés” is a multi-movement work composed for solo piano, dedicated to and to be premiered by my grandmother, Dr. Janet Bass Smith. Each movement in this work is programmatically tied to a piece of extra-musical ...
  • BITE: New Music Concert and Multimedia Installation Featuring Vocal Soloists from the KC VITAs Chamber Choir and Dancers from the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance 

    Busch, Stacy (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2016)
    BITE is a multi-media installation that features all new music in an entirely immersive space. There is no complete, written score for the full performance. Instead, there is fixed media with semi-improvised, cellular vocal ...
  • Masks 

    Zhou, Jing (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2016)
    Masks is inspired by a type of Chinese opera called Chuanju, which comes from the Sichuan region in southwest China. In Chuanju, each character has his or her own type of face makeup. For example, semi-transparent makeup ...
  • The Birth of the Eternal for String Orchestra, Piano and Percussion 

    Amiryan, Tatev (University of Missouri–Kansas City, 2016)
    The Birth of the Eternal is a one-movement composition for string orchestra, piano and percussion. It is written as a centennial commemoration of the 1915 Armenian Genocide and honors the memory of the victims of the ...
  • Music From the Mountain For Di and Orchestra 

    Yun, Lu (2014)
    After studying abroad, I have started my research on the comparison between the western and the traditional Chinese orchestras. The idea of forming the traditional Chinese orchestra came from the influence of the "Total ...
  • 364 Days: Suite for Jazz Orchestra 

    Chapman, Jonathan Eric (2014)
    364 Days: Suite for Jazz Orchestra was composed for a standard seventeen-piece (5/4/4/4) jazz orchestra. The suite is comprised of five pieces- And I Think of You; Goodnight; What Ifs; 364 Days; The Dreamer and The Realist ...
  • Characters in Theatre for Orchestra 

    Wang, Amao (2016)
    Beijing Opera is a form of traditional Chinese theater that combines singing, reciting, performing, acrobatics acting, and instrumental accompanying, along with rich face make-up, costume and stage setting. I applied ...
  • an Aid in the Process 

    Winter, Zane (2016)
    an Aid in the Process is a work featuring an unusual orchestral configuration, making use of two distinct groups, each with their own conductor. Programmatically, the work addresses aid in-dying legislation and contemporary ...

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