Missa luba : new edition and conductor's analysis

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Marc Ashley Foster (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
William Carroll

Abstract: "Since 1964 and the first printed edition of Missa Luba by Guido Haazen, this work has been performed countless numbers of times all over the world. Missa Luba continues to have a large number of performances each year, despite the fact that there is very little research available, and the only published edition is wholly insufficient in producing an authentic performance. To date, the following has not been published in any known academic publications: 1) a biography of Guido Haazen, 2) research into the first choir to sing Missa Luba, 3) a detailed explanation of the collective improvisational nature of the work, and 4) a comparison of the folk melodies used as models to the corresponding sections of each Mass movement. The purpose of this document is to provide a new edition of Missa Luba and an analysis of the work useful to a conductor. The reasons why a new edition is needed and what changes are made to the existing edition will be discussed, along with an analysis, which will cover the work's historical background, structure, and performance practice concerns. The document will incorporate recent research into this subject, especially that of interviews with Guido Haazen prior to his death in 2004, and a more accurate transcription of the original 1958 recording. Also, significant to this project is a description of the ethnic instruments used in the original performances of Missa Luba and suitable modern substitutions. Research conducted at the Central Africa Museum in Tervuren, Belgium will be primary in this discussion. The result of this document will be a new edition of Missa Luba, more accurately reflective of the 1958 recording and early performances, and will provide much needed research into its creation, structure, and performance. "--Abstract from author supplied metadata.

Additional Information

Language: English
Date: 2005
Missa Luba, Guido Haazen, choirs, folk melodies, conductor, Africa, ethnic instruments
Haazen, Guido
Troubadours of King Baudouin
Luba (African people)--Music
Luba (African people)--Songs and music

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