Publication Date

2016-04-24

Availability

Open access

Embargo Period

2016-04-24

Degree Type

Doctoral Essay

Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)

Department

Vocal Performance (Music)

Date of Defense

2016-02-29

First Committee Member

Karen M. Kennedy

Second Committee Member

Corin T. Overland

Third Committee Member

Coreen S. Duffy

Fourth Committee Member

Juraj Kojs

Abstract

Sir James MacMillan's choral works have been studied through the lens of, and labelled by, three extra-musical themes: Catholicism, Scottish identity, and social consciousness. This study investigates the veracity of these labels from the perspective of the composer, and their application to choral music. Interviews with the composer were conducted in Glasgow, Scotland. Two choral works were studied, the large choral-orchestral work, St John Passion, and the short a cappella piece, "The Gallant Weaver." Texts and translations, as well as full transcripts of the interviews are included in the appendix.

Keywords

James MacMillan; Catholicism; Scottish music; St John Passion; The Gallant Weaver

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