The sacred choral works of Mark Oakland Fax (1911-1974)

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Eric Orlando Poole (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Welborn Young

Abstract: African American musician Mark Oakland Fax (1911-1974) was an educator and composer. His academic life as a student extended from Syracuse University (graduated 1933) to the Eastman School of Music (graduated 1945). He held faculty appointments at Paine College, Augusta Georgia (1934-1942), and Howard University, Washington DC (1947-1972) serving as Dean of the latter. A review of Fax's oeuvre reveals that his compositions range in genres including solo vocal, choral, operatic, symphonic, chamber and solo instrumental works. Among these are nearly fifty extant choral works which remain in manuscript. The purpose of this dissertation is to introduce the choral works of Mark Oakland Fax to a wider choral and academic audience. Chapter I provides general information about Fax's choral catalogue and a brief history explaining why so few of his compositions were published. Chapter II provides brief biographical information and places Fax in the lineage of contemporary African American composers. Chapter III is a conductor's analysis of his compositional techniques utilized in select compositions focusing on large formal structures, small formal devices, and text usage that best characterize his choral style. Chapter IV summarizes the compositional style that pervades his choral compositions and suggests areas of further research of his oeuvre.

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Language: English
Date: 2012
African American Composer, Mark Oakland Fax, Sacred Choral Works
Fax, Mark, $d 1911-1974
Choral music $y 20th century
African American composers

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