Date of Award
Doctor of Musical Arts
John David Peterson
The early twentieth-century American composer Douglas Stuart Moore (1893-1969) is best know for his works for the lyric opera stage. However, before achieving notice in the opera world, Moore, in his first professional position, had the responsibility to give organ recitals. The purpose of this document is to present information about the organ study and performance activities of Douglas Stuart Moore by exploring his studies with Charles Tournemire and Nadia Boulanger. A complete repertory list of Moore's recitals at the Cleveland Museum of Art is included. Moore also composed for the organ. This document establishes a definitive list of his works for the organ. There are nine unpublished pieces (Gavotte; Fugue; Prelude; Four Museum Pieces: Fifteenth Century Armor, A Madonna of Botticini, Chinese Lion and Unhappy Flutist, Statue of Rodin; Scherzo; A March for Tamburlaine) and one published piece (Dirge – Passacaglia). Each composition is given careful examination. Its origins in the context of Moore's professional life are explored and each piece analyzed. Thus Moore's compositional techniques and his development as an organist are explored, contributing to a more complete view of this composer and his contributions to American organ music in the period.
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Owen, Richard Dean, "Douglas Stuart Moore (1893-1969) as Organist and Composer of Organ Music" (2014). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 934.