An annotated catalog of the commissioned works of the Ithaca College Choral series published by Theodore Presser Company

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Elizabeth A. Doebler (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Welborn Young

Abstract: The purpose of this study was to create an annotated catalog of the twenty-four commissioned works published in the Ithaca College Choral Series by the Theodore Presser Company. For inclusion in this research, the compositions met the following criteria: commissioned and premiered at the Ithaca College Choral Composition Festival, and published by the Presser Company as part of the Ithaca College Choral Series from 1979-2009. Prior to this document, no research had been conducted with the specific purpose of cataloging the works of the Ithaca College Choral Series. Few choirs perform these works because many of the works are challenging. Each catalog entry includes the following information: title, composer, premiere date, textual theme, voicing, instrumentation, difficulty level, duration, tempo, meter, and vocal ranges. In addition, each entry contains overviews on the text, salient musical features, and specific musical and technical challenges. The intention for the information contained in this catalog is to increase awareness of the commissioned works in this study, and to offer a practical resource for choral directors. The Introduction includes information about the Annual Choral Composition Festival at Ithaca College, specific details about the commissioning process, and the method for presentation and description of each composition. The Catalog section contains the annotations of the commissioned works. Textual origin is the selected component for delineating the works into five categories: composer-as-poet, North American poet, British poet, non-English-speaking poet, and sacred text. The Conclusion is an assimilation of commentary based on the information from the previous annotations. Six Appendices contain pertinent materials, including an alphabetical index, a chronological list of premieres, a collection of the full texts, a discography, commissioned works published outside Presser Company, and specific details about the Ithaca College Choral Composition Festival and Contest.

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Language: English
Date: 2014
Ithaca College Choral Series, Theodore Presser Company
Ithaca College choral series
Ithaca College. $b Choral Composition Festival
Theodore Presser Company $v Catalogs

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