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dc.creatorWitherspoon, Ann Rivers
dc.date.accessioned 2018-11-26T17:15:15Z
dc.date.available 2018-11-26T17:15:15Z
dc.date.issued 1991
dc.identifier.citation Witherspoon, Ann Rivers. ""Raegal" for chorus and orchestra. [Original composition]." (1991) Diss., Rice University. https://hdl.handle.net/1911/103408.
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1911/103408
dc.description Text from Poems of Idaho by Gayel.
dc.description.abstract Raegal, for chorus and orchestra, is a musically sophisticated setting of a very simple text. The first and third movements are based on the same harmonic structure of pitch centers alternating between the tritone creating a rather atonal bitonality. Clusters are utilized as important chordal textures. These outer two movements are both more percussive overall than the second movement, necessitated by the nature of the text in addition to being a balancing factor of the entire work. The second movement also employs the use of tonality more so than the outer movements, again, because of the nature of the text as well as to provide contrast. The most basic pitch center throughout the entire piece is "D", shifting up a whole step to "E" (and remaining there to the end) at the point where Raegal's tears are turned to golden nuggets by the Great Spirit-Lord. This event elevates the level of the text to a mystical and mythical level; the music enhances this by rising to another pitch center as well. "Raegal" is an attempt to capture musically all of the moods and imagery of the poem: war, fear, peacefulness with nature, nurturing love, strength, heroism, and the magical quality characteristic of legends of the American Indian.
dc.format.extent 67 pp
dc.language.iso eng
dc.subjectMusic
Folklore
Communication and the arts
Social sciences
Native Americans
dc.title "Raegal" for chorus and orchestra. [Original composition]
dc.identifier.digital RICE2529
dc.type.genre Thesis
dc.type.material Text
thesis.degree.department Music
thesis.degree.discipline Music
thesis.degree.grantor Rice University
thesis.degree.level Doctoral
thesis.degree.name Doctor of Musical Arts
dc.format.digitalOrigin reformatted digital
dc.identifier.callno THESIS MUSIC 1991 WITHERSPOON


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