Title

Historical Context and the Elucidation of a New Musical Whole in Heroes’ Salute: A Musical Tribute to Veterans

Lead Author Major

Music Composition

Format

Oral Presentation

Faculty Mentor Name

Robert Coburn

Faculty Mentor Department

Music Studies

Abstract/Artist Statement

Heroes’ Salute: A Musical Tribute to Veterans was created as an undergraduate artistic/research project during the summer of 2010. The project was to create a new artistic work that combines originally composed music, theater, and digital visual staging. The theme of the work focuses on the heroism of American service men and women through the ages. The music was created with an ear to history, but Heroes’ Salute is a new musical work, not a carbon copy of America’s musical past. Research into the music theory of each time period was just as important to the story telling as investigation of oral history and primary sources. This presentation is about compositional process, and how a new musical whole was created from musical fragments of history. Historical investigation and invocation in fresh execution found fertile ground in a variety of sources:The tradition of military marching cadences,The Civil War’s bugle calls, spirituals, and hymnody,Traditional Iraqi Maqams,Swing-era jazz.I will demonstrate how the theoretical analysis and musical understanding of each time period was foundational to the new pieces created. I will also discuss the artistic impetus for the contemporary voice with which the music was created as a whole, resulting in bending, blending, changing, transforming, or convolving the historical frameworks.

Location

DeRosa University Center, Room 211A/B

Start Date

21-4-2011 5:00 PM

End Date

21-4-2011 8:00 PM

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Historical Context and the Elucidation of a New Musical Whole in Heroes’ Salute: A Musical Tribute to Veterans

DeRosa University Center, Room 211A/B

Heroes’ Salute: A Musical Tribute to Veterans was created as an undergraduate artistic/research project during the summer of 2010. The project was to create a new artistic work that combines originally composed music, theater, and digital visual staging. The theme of the work focuses on the heroism of American service men and women through the ages. The music was created with an ear to history, but Heroes’ Salute is a new musical work, not a carbon copy of America’s musical past. Research into the music theory of each time period was just as important to the story telling as investigation of oral history and primary sources. This presentation is about compositional process, and how a new musical whole was created from musical fragments of history. Historical investigation and invocation in fresh execution found fertile ground in a variety of sources:The tradition of military marching cadences,The Civil War’s bugle calls, spirituals, and hymnody,Traditional Iraqi Maqams,Swing-era jazz.I will demonstrate how the theoretical analysis and musical understanding of each time period was foundational to the new pieces created. I will also discuss the artistic impetus for the contemporary voice with which the music was created as a whole, resulting in bending, blending, changing, transforming, or convolving the historical frameworks.