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Thesis (M.Mus.)—University of Nebraska—Lincoln, 1956. Department of Music.


Copyright 1956, the author. Used by permission.


The set of anthems herein set forth were not written to propound a philosophy. Nevertheless, the music purports to be practical church music, mildly contemporary, and having an affinity for the texts to which it is set. There has been no attempt to follow a style, certainly not any traditional church style, and no desire to originate a style. The text is the clue to the style and form. Taken from various Pauline Epistles, the music seeks to convey the vigor and simplicity of this dynamic prose without calling too much attention to itself. Syllabolic and word accents, as well as phrasing, have been the guides to the rhythmic stresses and harmonic tensions.

Advisor: Robert Beadell