Date of Award

Spring 2020

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)

School

Music

Committee Chair

Dr. Gregory Fuller

Committee Chair School

Music

Committee Member 2

Dr. Jonathan Kilgore

Committee Member 2 School

Music

Committee Member 3

Dr. Jack Dean

Committee Member 3 School

Music

Committee Member 4

Dr. Christopher Goertzen

Committee Member 4 School

Music

Committee Member 5

Dr. Joseph Brumbeloe

Committee Member 5 School

Music

Committee Member 6

Dr. Catherine Rand

Committee Member 6 School

Music

Abstract

Companion compositions can best be described as musical works composed to specifically coordinate in conjunction with a preexisting musical work. For the sole purpose and intention of complementing or coalescing with another work, the two companion compositions could share similar subject matter, choral/vocal or orchestral themes, and motifs, length, text treatment, context. Evidence in this survey will expound upon various examples of companion compositions from prominent modern-day composers.

The primary objective of this research is to study specific compositional characteristics, correlations, and relationships between Mack Wilberg’s two original compositions – Requiem aeternam and Let peace then still the strife with Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Dona nobis pacem. Although additional findings and evidence of companion compositions will be presented, the researcher will largely focus on the two original compositions by Mack Wilberg for the basis of this study and survey.

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