The collaborative arrangements of Alice Parker and Robert Shaw

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dc.contributor Fleming, Susan C.
dc.contributor Ozzello, Kenneth
dc.contributor Johnson, William Marvin
dc.contributor Zupanc̆ic̆, Metka
dc.contributor.advisor Ratledge, John
dc.contributor.advisor Fader, Don Taylor, James Edward 2017-03-01T16:27:05Z 2017-03-01T16:27:05Z 2012
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0000936
dc.identifier.other Taylor_alatus_0004D_11117
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract This document is a comprehensive survey of the two hundred and twenty-three choral arrangements created in the collaboration between Alice Parker (b.1925) and Robert Shaw (1916-1999). This repertoire was written between 1950 and 1967 for seventeen RCA Victor recordings made by the Robert Shaw Chorale. Part I presents an overview of the music, title listings, and publisher information. Part II is a history of the collaboration, beginning with its genesis and the working relationship between the two. Their work occurred in the "Golden Age" of choral music in America and during the American folk music revival, both of which contributed to commercial album sales and the fame of Shaw and the Chorale. Part III describes the style of the arrangements, whose nineteen style characteristics are demonstrated in excerpts from six different songs. A detailed method developed by Dr. Parker for identifying distinguishing features of these arrangements is applied to one of the folk hymns. Over half of the Parker-Shaw arrangements are then compared in spreadsheets, found in Appendix III, with successive appendices presenting summaries of the results of the comparisons. This process reveals, among other things, the central role of melody and counterpoint in determining the nature of this music, and the arrangers' preference for working with melodies based on traditional church modes and gapped scales over those with strong tonal implications. Part IV demonstrates that the enduring quality of this repertoire can be credited principally to Shaw's comprehensive grasp of both classical and popular music, and Parker's mastery of Shaw's arranging technique. Also important were Parker and Shaw's continual desire to select folk-based music of high quality, to be faithful to the spirit of the melody and text, and to entertain the listener. The document concludes that Parker and Shaw's greatest contribution to the choral repertoire was in their arrangements of early American folk hymns. Though these folk hymns were originally not intended for choirs, the Parker-Shaw arrangements preserve the spirit of the original hymn while making full use of the resources of a four-part chorus, providing the choral world with a significant genre of excellent repertoire.
dc.format.extent 135 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Music
dc.title The collaborative arrangements of Alice Parker and Robert Shaw
dc.type thesis
dc.type text University of Alabama. School of Music Music The University of Alabama doctoral D.M.A.

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