Kenneth Frazelle's Blue Ridge airs I and Sonata for cello and piano : a synthesis of music, poetry, and nature

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Joanne Elizabeth Inkman (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Joseph DiPiazza

Abstract: The purpose of this research is to document the life and work of American composer, Kenneth Frazelle (b. 1955). A native of North Carolina, Frazelle is a graduate of The Juilliard School in New York where he studied composition with Roger Sessions. Commissioned by artists such as cellist Yo-Yo Ma, pianist Jeffrey Kahane, soprano Dawn Upshaw, and flutist Paula Robison as well as the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Spoleto Festival U.S.A., Frazelle composes in a wide range of media and genres. His compositions continually bring him critical acclaim as they are performed nationally and internationally. Frazelle's works show that literary, visual, and musical influences play an important role in his creative processes. His settings of the poetry of A. R. Ammons (40 poems to date) reveal his intimate knowledge of this poet's works. Inspiration from visual art and landscape affect the shapes and sonorities of his music. In addition, Appalachian and Southern folk song have been incorporated into his music in a unique fashion. This study includes seventy musical examples which reveal Frazelle's musical growth and the evolution of a distinctive manuscript style.

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Language: English
Date: 1993
Frazelle, Kenneth. $t Blue Ridge Airs I
Frazelle, Kenneth. $t Sonatas, $m piano, violoncello
Composers $z North Carolina

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