“THIS IS HOW WE DO IT”: A DESCRIPTIVE ANALYSIS OF THE MUSICAL ELEMENTS AND THE BLACK CHURCH CULTURAL INFLUENCES IN ADOLPHUS HAILSTORK’S I WILL LIFT UP MINE EYES: A CANTATA FOR TENOR, CHOIR, AND CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
William Shomos, DMA
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This document analyzes Adolphus Hailstork’s cantata, I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes, featuring text from Psalms 121, 13, and 23. The author contends that Hailstork uses cultural musical elements of the Black Church throughout the entire composition. Beginning with a brief biography of the composer, the author then provides a movement-by-movement examination of salient musical features and Black Church cultural traditions Hailstork employs to highlight the text of his selected psalms.
Advisor: William Shomos