Date of Award

Spring 5-5-2021

Degree Type

Dissertation/Thesis

Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)

School

Music

Committee Chair

Ben McIlwain

Committee Chair School

Music

Committee Member 2

Richard Perry

Committee Member 2 School

Music

Committee Member 3

Larry Panella

Committee Member 3 School

Music

Committee Member 4

Joseph Brumbeloe

Committee Member 4 School

Music

Committee Member 5

Ed Hafer

Committee Member 5 School

Music

Abstract

This paper will serve as a guide to musicians for the preparation and performance of two recent solo compositions for trombone worthy of study and performance: Frank Gulino’s Sonata No. 1: The Journey (2019) and Joseph Buono’s Elegy for Trombone and Piano (2016). Included will be sections or chapters on the history and background of each work, biographical information about each composer, a detailed performer’s analysis of each work, exclusive interviews with the composers, and interviews with the trombonists who commissioned and/or premiered each work.

Each individual interview will provide insight into the music, including information on personal inspirations and compositional processes, a focus on emotional content, thematic elements, and recommendations on preparing each piece. Recital programming suggestions have also been included.

The pieces examined warrant serious study and performance, and this paper will inform future preparations of these two works.

ORCID ID

0000-0002-7010-5241

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