Identifier

etd-06032010-140059

Degree

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)

Department

Music

Document Type

Dissertation

Abstract

This monograph presents a formal examination of Jennifer Higdon’s Oboe Concerto in its various forms. Jennifer Higdon has garnered international success, yet few in-depth studies of her music exist. In this document, personal accounts from commissioners illustrate the unusual commission of Oboe Concerto. Likewise, the composer, a conductor, and soloists for premiere performances highlight unique aspects of the concerto, particularly its unusual form, multiple versions, and the potential challenges in preparing the work. Higdon’s concerto showcases the lyrical capabilities of the oboe, with an emphasis on melody and sustained tone. The transformation of the concerto illustrates Higdon’s skills of self-promotion, as she is willing to adapt her works to meet new demands from commissioners and audiences alike. Oboe Concerto is a strong example of the composer’s distinctive compositional style, which is detailed in this monograph.

Date

2010

Document Availability at the Time of Submission

Release the entire work immediately for access worldwide.

Committee Chair

Ryon, James

Included in

Music Commons

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