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Degree Type

Doctoral Essay

Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)


Vocal Performance (Music)

Date of Defense


First Committee Member

Jo-Michael Scheibe

Second Committee Member

Robert Gower

Third Committee Member

Donald T. Oglesby

Fourth Committee Member

Frank Cooper


The purpose of this study is to provide a conductor's resource for preparation of the Missa Dona Nobis Pacem of Ernst Pepping (1901-1981). While research on the organ works has been done, there is no English language resource on the sacred choral works of Pepping. This paper provides a collection of information on Pepping's life, musical characteristics, and the composition of the Missa Dona Nobis Pacem. Following an introductory first chapter, Chapter Two is a biographical sketch of the composer with emphasis on compositional periods and important historical figures, and it places Pepping's works into this context. The third chapter is a brief description of Pepping's musical language and places the Mass in historical compositional context through a discussion of the Vier letzte Lieder of Richard Strauss (1869-1949) and the Cinq rechants of Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992), two vocal works also written in 1948. Chapter Four is an overview of the Mass. The fifth chapter gives an analysis of the Missa Dona Nobis Pacem and provides musical examples. The sixth and final chapter provides further insight into the works for a cappella choir by Ernst Pepping with a discussion of two major examples from the same compositional period, Heut und ewig (1948) and the Passionsbericht des Matthaus (1949-1950). The Appendices are a chronological list of the choral compositions of Ernst Pepping, and a chronology.


Sacred Music; Pepping; Choir; Mass; Choral