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Shulamit Ran's compositions for solo clarinet


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Israeli-American composer Shulamit Ran was the first woman to be appointed Composer-in-Residence for a major orchestra (Chicago Symphony Orchestra, 1990–1997) and the second woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize for Music (1991). In addition, she has won numerous other awards and commissions. She has contributed greatly to the repertoire of the clarinet, having written two works for solo clarinet— For an Actor. Monologue for Clarinet in A and Three Scenes for Clarinet—as well as several chamber works that include the instrument. Since more than twenty years separate the creation of the two solo works, an in-depth investigation of the two may illustrate Ran's development as an important contemporary composer.

The first chapter of this document gives biographical information about Shulamit Ran and explicates her self-proclaimed style periods. Ran's works for clarinet are placed within these contexts. A review of the literature is included. Chapter two contains an analysis of For an Actor: Monologue for Clarinet in A while the third chapter addresses Three Scenes for Clarinet. To conclude each chapter performance considerations are addressed in order to aid future performers in the preparation of these works. In chapter four interviews with Laura Flax and Arthur Campbell, the clarinetists who commissioned and premiered the solo works, illuminate the circumstances surrounding the creation of the pieces. The final chapter compares the solo clarinet works. It is hoped that this project will increase awareness and thus encourage performances of Ran's newest composition for the clarinet, Three Scenes, while enabling more informed performances of the standard piece in the clarinet repertoire, For an Actor.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Music
Classification
0413: Music
Identifier / keyword
Communication and the arts; Clarinet; Compositions; Ran, Shulamit; Solo
Title
Shulamit Ran's compositions for solo clarinet
Author
Banks, Christine Allegra
Number of pages
123
Publication year
2005
Degree date
2005
School code
0138
Source
DAI-A 66/05, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780542158919, 0542158914
Advisor
Barger, Diane C.
University/institution
The University of Nebraska - Lincoln
University location
United States -- Nebraska
Degree
D.M.A.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3176769
ProQuest document ID
305455144
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/305455144
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