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Title:
The Pedagogical Use of Gerald Near's "Chantworks"
Author:
Fresolone, Christopher
Issue Date:
2012
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
Gerald Near's Chantworks has pedagogical value for the intermediate-level organ student seeking to attain advanced-level skills. Chantworks, composed for organ solo, is a collection of twenty-three pieces of short to moderate duration, based upon Gregorian chants. Gerald Near is an established composer who has won awards, completed numerous commissions, and published a multitude of organ and choral works. The Chantworks pieces are analyzed for their usefulness in the development of the following skills: (1) the advanced use of the expression pedal; (2) advanced manual changes and registration changes; (3) voice-crossing; and (4) the ability to play Gregorian chants with rhythmic sensitivity and appropriate phrase shaping. The study highlights the particular usefulness of Near's collection by comparing its technical demands to selected organ instructional books and musical collections that have been identified as having pedagogical value. This study provides a definition of an "intermediate organist," listing techniques acquired from the successful completion of any of the selected organ pedagogy publications. An examination of selected organ pedagogy publications addresses several techniques characteristic of pipe organ performance mastery that are not emphasized in the method books, but that would be necessary for an organist to acquire in order to tackle the more difficult works of the organ literature. Musical examples and explanations will illustrate how these other techniques can be learned and practiced in a structured manner through the study of pieces from Gerald Near's Chantworks collection. Several pieces within Chantworks contain passages that have pedagogical bearing on aspects of general musicianship, such as irregular meters and cross rhythms. Appendix A includes a compilation of information about each piece within the Chantworks collection, with emphasis on each piece's compositional style, pedagogical merits, and other details worthy of analysis.
Type:
text; Electronic Dissertation
Keywords:
Pedagogy; Pipe Organ; Technique; Music; Gerald Near; Intermediate
Degree Name:
D.M.A.
Degree Level:
doctoral
Degree Program:
Graduate College; Music
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Decker, Pamela

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dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.titleThe Pedagogical Use of Gerald Near's "Chantworks"en_US
dc.creatorFresolone, Christopheren_US
dc.contributor.authorFresolone, Christopheren_US
dc.date.issued2012-
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractGerald Near's Chantworks has pedagogical value for the intermediate-level organ student seeking to attain advanced-level skills. Chantworks, composed for organ solo, is a collection of twenty-three pieces of short to moderate duration, based upon Gregorian chants. Gerald Near is an established composer who has won awards, completed numerous commissions, and published a multitude of organ and choral works. The Chantworks pieces are analyzed for their usefulness in the development of the following skills: (1) the advanced use of the expression pedal; (2) advanced manual changes and registration changes; (3) voice-crossing; and (4) the ability to play Gregorian chants with rhythmic sensitivity and appropriate phrase shaping. The study highlights the particular usefulness of Near's collection by comparing its technical demands to selected organ instructional books and musical collections that have been identified as having pedagogical value. This study provides a definition of an "intermediate organist," listing techniques acquired from the successful completion of any of the selected organ pedagogy publications. An examination of selected organ pedagogy publications addresses several techniques characteristic of pipe organ performance mastery that are not emphasized in the method books, but that would be necessary for an organist to acquire in order to tackle the more difficult works of the organ literature. Musical examples and explanations will illustrate how these other techniques can be learned and practiced in a structured manner through the study of pieces from Gerald Near's Chantworks collection. Several pieces within Chantworks contain passages that have pedagogical bearing on aspects of general musicianship, such as irregular meters and cross rhythms. Appendix A includes a compilation of information about each piece within the Chantworks collection, with emphasis on each piece's compositional style, pedagogical merits, and other details worthy of analysis.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeElectronic Dissertationen_US
dc.subjectPedagogyen_US
dc.subjectPipe Organen_US
dc.subjectTechniqueen_US
dc.subjectMusicen_US
dc.subjectGerald Nearen_US
dc.subjectIntermediateen_US
thesis.degree.nameD.M.A.en_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineMusicen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorDecker, Pamelaen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberBrobeck, Johnen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberWoods, Rexen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberDecker, Pamelaen_US
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