Date of Award

Fall 2020

Document Type

Open Access Dissertation

Department

School of Music

First Advisor

Joseph Eller

Abstract

Dr. Austin Jaquith is a critically acclaimed composer whose repertoire “runs the gamut from scoring for visual media to composing instrumental and vocal works in the contemporary classical genre.”1 He has contributed to the repertory of the clarinet by offering three works, Rhapsody for Clarinet and Piano, Ballad for Clarinet Solo, and Mediation…Separation…for Clarinet and Piano. Each work is a demonstration of highly technical and musical skill and expression, showcasing influences from composers from the past brought together to create a wholly unique style, pushing the boundaries in the capabilities of both instrument and artist.

The purpose of this research is to provide first-hand practice and performance-based analysis of these three clarinet works, research that does not currently exist, showcasing Jaquith’s compositional style and techniques, and serving as a performance guide to encourage future performances, advocating for their inclusion in the clarinet repertory. Chapter One outlines the significance of the research, introduces Jaquith, and examines his influences, musical styles, and techniques. Chapters Two, Three, and Four analyze each work in terms of musical style and character, highlighting key features and challenges, and how to prepare each work from a performance-based perspective. A brief harmonic analysis of each piece follows. Chapter Five concludes the work with recommendations for further study, followed by a bibliography and appendices.

1 Austin K. Jaquith, “Bio,” accessed June 7, 2018, http://austinkjaquith.com/content/bio.

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