Date of Award

1996

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)

Department

Music

First Advisor

Herndon Spillman

Abstract

Naji Hakim is one of the most talented Lebanese composers of the latter half of the twentieth century residing in France. His prolific output includes works for varied media including organ solos, organ duos, chamber music for varied instrument and voice combinations, guitar quartets, orchestral works, and oratorios. The goal of this study is to examine the compositional techniques used by the composer in five of his major published works for solo organ written between 1983 and 1993. The compositions chosen are Memor, Rubaiyat, Hommage a Igor Stravinsky, The Embrace of Fire and Symphonie en Trois Mouvements. Hakim's use of traditional formal structures, modified traditional formal structures, ostinati, modal scales, Gregorian chant, mathematical formulae, hocket techniques, quotation techniques, cyclical techniques, and minimalist techniques were investigated, and similarities to some of his contemporaries as well as older composers are discussed. The study concludes with a summary of the analysis and inferences drawn by the researcher.

ISBN

9780591204148

Pages

118

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