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This treatise examines the influences of Kenyan music and culture on Paul Basler's compositional style with an emphasis on pieces involving the horn. Knowledge of Basler's Kenyan-influenced style will aid musicians in improving their performance of these works. The compositional techniques Basler uses in his Kenyan-influenced style are discussed in Chapter three. Chapters four, five, and six examine these techniques in three of Basler's most well-known Kenyan-inspired works: Harambee for five horns, "Alleluia" from Songs of Faith, and the Kyrie from Missa Kenya. Chapter seven discusses performance considerations for the horn player derived from the author's personal interactions with the composer. Basler's experiences in Kenya are reflected in the simplification of his compositional style, the formal organization of his music, his use of centricity, and the rhythmically driven nature of his works. His Kenyan-influenced compositions are energetic, based on call and response and motivic manipulation, use a pitch-class center instead of functional harmony, and gain their interest from rhythmic patterns.
A Treatise submitted to the College of Music in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Music.
Includes bibliographical references.
Michelle Stebleton, Professor Directing Treatise; Jane Piper Clendinning, University Representative; Paul Ebbers, Committee Member; Alexander Jiménez, Committee Member.
Florida State University
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