Publication Date

2014-05-05

Availability

Open access

Embargo Period

2014-05-05

Degree Type

Doctoral Essay

Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)

Department

Music Theory and Composition (Music)

Date of Defense

2014-04-04

First Committee Member

Dorothy Hindman

Second Committee Member

Charles N. Mason

Third Committee Member

Juan Chattah

Fourth Committee Member

D. Scott Stinson

Fifth Committee Member

Melissa de Graff

Abstract

An American Evensong (2014), an original choral work composed by the author, was commissioned by Dr. Angela Batey and the University of Tennessee Chamber Singers for their 2015 summer tour to the United Kingdom. The original manuscript, for choir and organ, was written to use for a traditional Anglican Evensong service in various English cathedrals. The work was then adapted into a suite for choir and orchestra, introducing Anglican liturgy to performances in the concert hall. This essay discusses the author’s objectives in the commission, the compositional techniques used in the execution of this objective, and the overall musicological implications of the finished work.

Keywords

Sacred Music; Composition; Evensong; Choir; Organ; Orchestra

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