Degree

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)

Department

Music

Document Type

Dissertation

Abstract

This project uses research in prosody (the patterns of stress and intonation in language) to inform the compositional process of an original piece of music for trumpet, piano, string quartet, and sign language entitled Scratches. In this this paper, I propose that both verbal and nonverbal prosody affects music across all cultures at both the subtle and overt levels consciousness. It shows up in chanting and rhythmic structures of folk music as well as composers who use the influence of language explicitly. In conjunction with this document, I will discuss and perform the piece I compose through the inspiration of my research in a lecture recital format. The culmination of this research is especially relevant and personal to me in that it combines both my major in trumpet performance and my minor in composition. The end result for this project is especially relevant to me in that it combines both my major in trumpet performance and my minor in composition.

Committee Chair

Shaw, Brian

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