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Amid the Shades

Title: Amid the Shades.
Name(s): Stemke, John Ash, author
Callender, Clifton, Professor Directing Dissertation
Thomas, André J. (André Jerome), 1952-, University Representative
Wingate, Mark, Committee Member
Rogers, Nancy, 1966-, Committee Member
Jones, Evan Allan, Committee Member
Florida State University, degree granting institution
College of Music, degree granting college
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Doctoral Thesis
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2019
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource (66 pages)
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Since the 19th century, numerous poets, lyricists, and hymnists have penned texts to be sung to the Welsh folk tune “Llwyn Onn,” also known as “The Ash Grove” ( D). The texts explore many different themes, including the beauty of nature, courtship, limerence, the loss of loved ones, spirituality, and various Christian principles. Metaphorically, the melody shared by these diverse texts can be considered the root or seed that links each text-tree together, establishing a grove of perspectives from which the melody itself can be understood. These relationships—where each text-tree is a unique elaboration of an underlying structure— eloquently describe numerous music-compositional practices, such as (and perhaps most noticeably) the theme and variations. Given this resonant symbolism, it is surprising that a vast majority of “Ash Grove” arrangements are not variation sets. The small pool of existing sets primarily contains solos and small chamber works, is stylistically dominated by 18th- and 19th-century idioms, and does not overtly engage with symbolism or extramusical references. In order to develop this dialogue, “Amid the Shades” offers an interpretive cultivation of “The Ash Grove” that demonstrates the broader possibilities of writing variations inspired by specific words found in a musical theme’s associated texts.
Identifier: 2019_Spring_Stemke_fsu_0071E_15133 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the College of Music in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Music.
Degree Awarded: Spring Semester 2019.
Date of Defense: April 17, 2019.
Keywords: Ash Grove, Chamber Orchestra, Composition, Variations
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Clifton Callender, Professor Directing Dissertation; André Thomas, University Representative; Mark Wingate, Committee Member; Nancy Rogers, Committee Member; Evan Allan Jones, Committee Member.
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Host Institution: FSU

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