Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Identifier

904

Date

2013

Date of Award

7-17-2013

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts

Major

Music

Concentration

Performance

Committee Chair

John Baur

Committee Member

James Gholson

Committee Member

Pu-Qi Jiang

Committee Member

Robyn Jones

Abstract

The National Association of Negro Musicians held its first meeting in Washington, D.C. during a music festival that took place at Dunbar High School from May 1-3, 1919. The first annual convention, whose purpose was the preservation, encouragement and advocacy of all genres of music by African-Americans, was held July 29-31, 1919, in Chicago, Illinois. During this meeting a scholarship contest was established and its first winner was Marian Anderson. My primary purpose of this research project is to introduce clarinetist to some of the contributions made by African-American composers to the clarinet literature by using the scholarship contest pieces. In addition to a short biography for each composer discussed in this treatise, a discussion of the composer's work will explain some of the performance issues such as avant-garde techniques, range, manuscript legibility, compositional techniques and other issues that the performer will face while learning the music. I also want to create a teaching curriculum consisting of established clarinet literature that will aid in the preparation of these works for the scholarship contest and allow the clarinetist to compare works between the established literature and works from African-American Composers.

Comments

Data is provided by the student.

Library Comment

dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.

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