Date of Award

Spring 5-5-2021

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)

School

Music

Committee Chair

Richard H. Perry

Committee Chair School

Music

Committee Member 2

Benjamin McIlwain

Committee Member 2 School

Music

Committee Member 3

Timothy Tesh

Committee Member 3 School

Music

Committee Member 4

Christopher Goertzen

Committee Member 4 School

Music

Committee Member 5

Joseph Brumbeloe

Committee Member 5 School

Music

Abstract

In 2012, Barbara York was commissioned by John Manning to write Four Paintings by Grant Wood for solo tuba. The work is based on four paintings by native Iowan painter, Grant Wood. The four paintings are Stone City, Iowa; Young Corn; American Gothic; and Parson Weems’ Fable. York included details from these paintings in each movement. This dissertation includes information about Barbara York, Grant Wood, the programmatic details of Four Paintings by Grant Wood, and technical considerations for the work. The performer should be better prepared to create a well-informed performance after reading this dissertation.

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