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Title

Requiem

Degree

Doctor of Philosophy

Program

Music

Supervisor

Dr. Peter Paul Koprowski

Abstract

Requiem is a five-movement work for SATB chorus and chamber orchestra and is approximately 28 minutes in duration. The text is a compilation of traditional and adapted excerpts from the Roman Missal, combined with poetry by Tamar Zehr and Psalm 67 from the King James Version of the Bible. In this work, contemporary texts are intertwined with traditional ones to explore textual and musical narratives of doubt and faith, loss and gain, death and rebirth. This document contains the full score of the work, followed by three discussion chapters. The first chapter offers a glimpse into the background of the composer as a point-of-departure for the compositional process. The second chapter describes key aspects of the compositional process. The final chapter surveys the outcome from a theoretical and formal standpoint, examining the texts, harmony, instrumentation, textures, form and thematic connections within and between the five movements of Requiem.


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