Singing on the grassland

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Binshan Zhao (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Mark Engebretson

Abstract: My thesis composition, Singing on the Grassland, is written for flute and string quartet. My main innovation is flexibly applying two different Mongolian vocal styles—Long-song and Höömii in each section. Through deeply studying Mongolian vocal styles, I discovered the similarities and the differences among them. First of all, the modal scheme mostly remains the same—most Mongolian vocal music is composed in a pentatonic scale. However, the dissimilarities also stand out in two vocal styles, such as the intervallic relationships, ornaments, dynamic changes and phrase length. I discovered possibilities in combining the characteristics of Mongolian vocal music with twelve-tone technique. In order to keep and mix two different musical styles, I created a matrix and applied it throughout the whole piece. This innovative project shows my continuing explorations to harmonize Mongolian music with western atonal music. I will continue working on this idea: combining Mongolian musical culture with western traditions.

Additional Information

Language: English
Date: 2016
Mongolian vocal music, Singing in the Grassland, Twelve-tone
Chamber music $v Scores
Vocal music $z Mongolia
Twelve-tone system
Cultural fusion and the arts

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