Date of Award
Master of Music
School of Music
Dr. David Campo
Dr. Stephen Lias
Dr. Tamey Anglley
Dr. Barbara Qualls
Music holds a sacred place for the many Native American tribes of the United States. Over the past 150 years, ethnomusicologists Dr. Theodore Baker (1851-1934), Dr. Frances Densmore (1867-1957), and John Donald Robb (1892-1989) have preserved these songs by sitting down with indigenous Native Americans and recording their music straight from the source. Through these recordings, these ethnomusicologists created a springboard for composers, including myself, to study the past and create new music that honors the traditions and culture of Native Americans. I have applied my new knowledge of these musical techniques and traditions to create a work for wind ensemble that adds harmony and thematic development to timeless Native American melodies and captures the spirit of their esteemed culture. A formal analysis of the musical themes and melodies used in creating “Native American Folk Song Suite” accompany this score, as well as a discussion on various Native American musical characteristics.
Parker, Preston, "“NATIVE AMERICAN FOLK SONG SUITE”: A STUDY OF TRADITIONAL NATIVE AMERICAN MELODIES, THE ROLE OF MUSIC IN NATIVE AMERICAN SOCIETY, AND ITS TRANSLATION TO THE MODERN WIND ENSEMBLE" (2019). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 255.
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