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Date of this Version

Spring 5-3-2013


Jennifer A. Vanderholm, "The Choral Music of James E. Fritschel with a Conductor's Special Focus on the Preparation of his Polychoral Compositions" (DMA diss., University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2013).


A Doctoral Document Presented to the Faculty of The Graduate College at the University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of Requirements For the Degree of Doctor of Musical Arts, Major: Music, Under the Supervision of Professor Peter A. Eklund. Lincoln, Nebraska: May, 2013

Copyright (c) 2013 Jennifer Ashley Vanderholm


Polychoral compositions have been present since the late Renaissance and early Baroque periods. Oftentimes, the polychoral compositions performed today are compositions written during these early musical periods. In the latter half of the twentieth century, James Erwin Fritschel (b. 1929) wrote polychoral compositions that match the level of difficulty and excitement of the early polychoral compositions of the late Renaissance and early Baroque periods. Fritschel’s compositions have been celebrated by leading choral programs throughout the world, yet there is a notable lack of academic analysis of his works. The purpose of this document is to serve as a resource for conductors regarding James Fritschel’s choral compositions and a guide for score study and rehearsal preparation of his polychoral compositions. Also included are modern digital versions of each polychoral composition and transcriptions of interviews with the composer.

Advisor: Peter A. Eklund