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Publication Date

2007-06-27

Availability

UM campus only

Degree Type

Doctoral Essay

Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)

Department

Keyboard Performance (Music)

Date of Defense

2007-04-10

First Committee Member

Gary D. Green - Committee Chair

Second Committee Member

Dennis Kam - Committee Member

Third Committee Member

Jerry W. Peel - Committee Member

Fourth Committee Member

Thomas Sleeper - Committee Member

Fifth Committee Member

Edward P. Asmus - Committee Member

Abstract

The purpose of this essay is to explore the commissioning process of a wind ensemble piece by notable composer Christopher Rouse, and its significance to the wind ensemble repertoire. This essay will use the University of Miami Frost Wind Ensemble and Christopher Rouse's Wolf Rounds as the primary example. This discussion will provide an extensive background review of Christopher Rouse's early musical experience and life's accomplishments. It will focus on his creative process and document the performance preparation of Wolf Rounds as experienced by the Frost Wind Ensemble, conducted by Professor Gary D. Green. The final part of this essay will investigate the compositional insight of Wolf Rounds as well as the inspiration and motivation of Rouse to write for the wind ensemble genre. While Rouse has written for many different types of ensembles, this will be his first published addition to the wind repertoire. Wolf Rounds was chosen as the primary composition because of its significance to the composer as his first composition for winds and percussion.

Keywords

Conducting; Christopher Rouse; Orchestration; Composition; Wolf Rounds

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