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Date of Award
Master of Music (MMus)
Bain, Paul (Band director)
Bourne, Patricia, 1957-
Cox, Gregory, 1949-
The purpose of this thesis is to compare and analyze three works for Wind Band containing the melody from the Shaker song “Simple Gifts” along with providing rehearsal and performance considerations. The melodic source content is scrutinized to show its different appearances and uses throughout each work. Additionally, rehearsal and performance suggestions are dispersed throughout the chapters for consideration. The three works include Aaron Copland’s Variations on a Shaker Melody from his Pulitzer Prize winning ballet Appalachian Spring, the fourth movement of Frank Ticheli’s Simple Gifts: Four Shaker Songs, and John Zdechlik’s Chorale and Shaker Dance.
Wind Band, Band, Copland, Ticheli, Zdechlik, Simple Gifts, Variation, Score, Analysis, Shaker
Western Washington University
Subjects – Names (LCNAF)
Copland, Aaron, 1900-1990. Appalachian spring. Selections; Ticheli, Frank, 1958-; Zdechlik, John, 1937- Chorale and Shaker dance, no. 1.
Subject – LCSH
Bands (Music); Bands (Music)--Instruction and study; Shakers--Music
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Johnson, Jared, "Simple Gifts in Wind Band Repertoire: A comparative analysis of three wind band pieces featuring the Shaker melody "Simple Gifts"" (2023). WWU Graduate School Collection. 1195.