Type of Document Treatise Author Hilbun, Aaron Ichiro Author's Email Address email@example.com URN etd-04102004-015536 Title David Amram: His Life and Five Major Compositions that Utilize the Oboe in a Prominent Role Degree Doctor of Musical Arts Department Music, School of Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Eric Ohlsson Committee Chair Eva Amsler Committee Member Jeffrey Keesecker Committee Member Peter Spencer Committee Member Keywords
- David Amram
Date of Defense 2004-02-17 Availability unrestricted AbstractDavid Werner Amram III, is a unique figure in American music to whom musical compartments mean nothing. He is a respected composer and conductor of western art-music, having served as composer-in-residence for the New York Philharmonic and having conducted his works with many major symphony orchestras. At the same time he is an accomplished jazz musician, having collaborated with greats such as Charles Mingus and Thelonius Monk, and also performs on many non-western instruments as well. Even his instrument of choice in jazz is unusual: the French horn. The title of his 1971 album No More Walls appropriately illustrates Mr. Amram's unique views on music and society.
Mr. Amram is not known as a prolific composer for the oboe, and his compositions that utilize the oboe in a prominent role are not yet staples of the oboe and woodwind literature. These works would undoubtedly have tremendous audience and performer appeal. The musical language Mr. Amram employs in these compositions reveal the influence of such diverse musical cultures as that of Elizabethan England, American blues and jazz, and Native American and Middle Eastern music.
This project does not purport to be a comprehensive survey of all of Mr. Amram's compositions that involve the oboe. Rather, the idea is to inspire in other oboists interest in Mr. Amram's work by examining in some detail five particular compositions that seem representative of his compositional output as a whole. These works are well-written for the oboe and show an understanding of the instrumentís strengths and limitations. Also included is a detailed biographical sketch that analyzes important events in Mr. Amram's life, which will hopefully shed light on the circumstances and philosophies that led to the creation of these, and other works.
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