The choral music of Francis Grier

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Robert Benjamin Hutchens (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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William Carroll

Abstract: "English composer Francis John Roy Grier (b. 1955) has a large and mostly unexplored opus. He has composed sixty-three works including thirty-nine for chorus, nine for organ, six for voice, three for violoncello, an opera, a string quartet, and one each for trumpet, viola, piano, clarinet and speaker, and vocal duet. His compositions synthesize modern British compositional practices with those of other Western composers while paying homage to the various characteristics of the music of the East. Grier's music is unique, most notably, because of his combination of English cathedral music, French impressionism, and Indian musical elements. This document includes a brief sketch of the life and a detailed examination of the choral works of Francis Grier. In addition to this author's analysis, the primary sources for this document are interviews with Francis Grier and the commissioners of his works. Chapter I of this study includes a brief biography of Francis Grier's life. This includes details of his formal education, past and current musical positions, and discussion of his mid-life career change to becoming a psychoanalyst. Chapter II provides a detailed description of Grier's a cappella works organized alphabetically; each work is discussed individually. Chapter III presents a similar analysis of the remainder of Grier's small-scale, accompanied choral works. Chapter IV presents a summary of Grier's compositional style and conclusion. Four appendices complete this study: Appendix A lists Grier's choral works by title; Appendix B, by composition date; and Appendix C, by performing forces. Appendix D lists Grier's complete opus by title."--Abstract from author supplied metadata.

Additional Information

Language: English
Date: 2006
English, composer, Francis John Roy Grier, compositions
Grier, Francis--Criticism and interpretation

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