Date of Award
Master of Music
School of Music
I have created a career performing various types of music on the mandolin. Very little of the concert repertoire, however, includes music originally written for the mandolin with most of it consisting of rearrangements of violin, cello, or piano music. This observation has led me down a path to learn why there is a lack of mandolin concert repertoire as well as to create new music specifically written for the instrument. In this thesis, an original mandolin concerto, Bloom, aims not only to add to the instrument’s repertoire, but bring it into the twenty-first century using contemporary compositional techniques. I identify and explore the methods of three living composers, and then describe how these tools are incorporated into my own piece scored for mandolin soloist and string orchestra.
Hoyer, Ashley, "Bloom: A 21st Century Mandolin Concerto" (2023). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 492.
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