Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)



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Recent years have witnessed an increase in the number of Western classical music performers actively programming works employing multi-cultural musical idioms. Though there exist many compositions by African composers, African art music is not often programmed by Western performers because of the lack of exposure these compositions have received, lack of commercially-available recordings, and the difficulties of obtaining information about African musical styles. The information presented in this research aims to aid performers in their preparation and approach to performing African art music compositions, specifically those for the western flute. This research includes biographical information and compositional philosophies of five African composers: Bongani Ndodana, J.H. Kwabena Nketia, Fred Onovwerosuoke, Justinian Tamusuza and Joshua Uzoigwe. The specific pieces studied are Ndodana’s Visions for solo flute, Nketia’s Republic Suite, Onovwerosuoke’s Three Pieces for flute and piano, Tamusuza’s Okwanjula Kw’Endere, and Uzoigwe’s Oja Flute Suite. Aspects of style including the influences of traditional African musics and performance suggestions are discussed for all selected pieces. This research also includes the following additional flute-related resources for obtaining information about African composers: names of institutions specializing in African music; discographies; lists of suggested recordings of non-Western flutes, African Pianism, and African orchestral and choral music; and a list of compositions for flute by African composers.



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Katherine Kemler



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