"Now, Then, Then:" An Original Composition and Examination of the Influence of Blues, Bluegrass, and Rock in Western Concert Music
Date of Award
Master of Music
School of Music
Dr. Stephen Lias
Dr. Samantha Inman
Dr. Gregory Grabowski
Dr. Courtney Carney
This thesis examines four pieces by three composers and one creative team, focusing on connections to bluegrass, blues, and rock music in each. The pieces are Raphael by Bryce Dessner, Cognitive Consonance II: Westering by Christopher Trapani, Bog Bodies and other Macabre Miniatures by Nicolas Lell Benavides, and “Three Dots and a Dash” by Punch Brothers. Each of these works uses distinct instrumentations, but every ensemble includes guitar in some fashion. This examination informs the original composition entitled Now, Then, Then, scored for violin, cello, electric guitar, and marimba. In this original composition, Klock uses devices found within these four pieces, with a particular focus on guitar techniques in these works.
Klock, David, ""Now, Then, Then:" An Original Composition and Examination of the Influence of Blues, Bluegrass, and Rock in Western Concert Music" (2022). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 479.
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