Date of Award

Spring 5-2006

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)

Department

Music

Committee Chair

Dr. Thomas Fraschillo

Committee Chair Department

Music

Committee Member 2

Dr. Christopher Goertzen

Committee Member 2 Department

Music

Committee Member 3

Dr. Joseph Brumbeloe

Committee Member 3 Department

Music

Committee Member 4

Dr. Steven Moser

Committee Member 4 Department

Music

Committee Member 5

Dr. Gary Adam

Committee Member 5 Department

Music

Abstract

This study of the wind band music of Martin Ellerby was undertaken in order to obtain information about the important components of his musical style and to understand his compositional procedures. An interview with the composer combined with other background information related important influences and events in the development of his musical language. Martin Ellerby has published over seventy works that include compositions for wind band, brass band, orchestra, choir, and chamber ensembles. Paris Sketches and Symphony for Winds are representative of his wind band output; therefore, these are the focus of this project. Their proper performance requires significant study on the part of performers and conductors. This study can assist in the understanding and appreciation of Martin Ellerby’s creativity.

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