Type of Document Treatise Author Fay, Matthew William Author's Email Address email@example.com URN etd-07152010-153253 Title Gordon Jacob: A Background and Study of His Works for Wind Octet Degree Doctor of Musical Arts Department Music, College of Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Jeffrey Keesecker Committee Chair Patrick Meighan Committee Member Richard Clary Committee Member James Mathes University Representative Keywords
- Gordon Jacob
- Wind Octet
Date of Defense 2010-06-28 Availability unrestricted AbstractGordon Jacobís compositions include a wide variety of works, from unaccompanied solos to symphonies for orchestra. Jacob has become best known for his compositions for solo wind instruments. Previous studies of his music have focused on a single instrument, such as oboe, or works for large groups of instruments, such as wind ensembles. Jacobís works for chamber winds, however, have received little attention thus far.
This treatise explores and analyzes Jacobís works for wind octet. This exploration takes three distinct directions. First, Jacobís life is discussed, with attention paid to his contribution to wind instruments, specifically chamber music. Second, Jacobís writings on music are covered with attention paid to how and why Jacob composed music for wind instruments. Lastly, Jacobís three wind octets are analyzed with attention paid towards his exceptional skill composing for chamber winds.
The wind octets offer an opportunity for performers to play music by a skilled composer for wind instruments. In addition, the audience is given the opportunity to hear music that both charms and moves the listener. Studying how and why Jacob created these works provides valuable insight into the care and craftsmanship with which these works for chamber winds were created.
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