Date of Award

12-2012

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Music

First Advisor

Jack Stamp, D.M.A.

Second Advisor

Jason Worzbyt, D.M.A.

Third Advisor

Carl Rahkonen, Ph.D.

Abstract

This thesis presents, from the viewpoint of a conductor, the rehearsal and performance of four cross-cultural dance forms in band repertoire: Four Scottish Dances by Malcolm Arnold, arranged by John P. Paynter, Formosan Dances by Jiang Wen-Ye, Bandancing by Jack Stamp, and Symphonic Dance No. 3 "FIESTA" by Clifton Williams. The characteristics, analysis, and interpretation of each dance will be presented in the following chapters. Chapter II opens with a brief biography of English composer Malcolm Arnold (1921-2006), famous as a British light music composer. Four Scottish Dances is one of his representative works. This composition's historical background, style, musical materials and interpretation will be discussed in the following sections. Chapter III treats with Taiwanese composer Jiang Wen-Ye's Formosan Dances. Drawing in part on my own cultural background as a Taiwanese student, I will introduce the Eastern music materials, such as pentatonic scales, rhythms, orchestration to develop my interpretation. Moving in a very different cultural direction, Chapter IV discusses five different American contemporary dances in Bandancing, composed by American composer Jack Stamp. After the paragraph introducing the composer, the discussion will focus on the rhythms, style and interpretation of this piece. Finally, Chapter V consists of Clifton Williams's biography, compositional styles and one of his famous works, Symphonic Dance no. 3 "FIESTA". The consideration of performing and interpreting this Spanish-style music properly is the main theme that will be discussed. In the conclusion (Chapter VI), I pull together the previous chapters with my thoughts on the importance of understanding the cultural background of each composer and his piece for their successful rehearsal and performance.

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