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Thesis (M.S.)—University of Nebraska—Lincoln, 1958. Department of Music.


Copyright 1958, the author. Used by permission.


The composition considered in the present study is titled Spoon River Anthology. The instrumentation of the composition is as follows: soprano, alto, tenor, clarinet, string quartet, and piano. The purpose of this study is not to evaluate the composer’s skill or taste, nor is it to demonstrate a philosophy or psychology of music. The intent of this study is to isolate and describe the linear compositional devices included in Spoon River Anthology and to illuminate the scheme or schemes by which these devices are associated. It should be noted that the composition referred to was written by the author of this study. Therefore, the point of view of the succeeding investigation will be essentially that of a craftsman giving an account of his application of the mechanical devices of his art to the finished product. The specific devices to be considered will be as follows: motive structure, ostinato, parallelisms, and modality.

Advisor: Donald A. Lentz