The Words And Speeches Of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In John Baur's Opera The Promise

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The purpose of this study is to provide a biographical sketch of the composer John William Baur (b. 1947) and his compositional techniques employed in The Promise, a contemporary opera based on the life and words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Three excerpts from The Promise will be the focus of this document. "The Mountaintop Speech," "A Letter from a Birmingham Jail" and the "I Have A Dream Speech." Each of these excerpts will receive comparative examination. These three excerpts not only represent Dr. King's ...
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Overview

The purpose of this study is to provide a biographical sketch of the composer John William Baur (b. 1947) and his compositional techniques employed in The Promise, a contemporary opera based on the life and words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Three excerpts from The Promise will be the focus of this document. "The Mountaintop Speech," "A Letter from a Birmingham Jail" and the "I Have A Dream Speech." Each of these excerpts will receive comparative examination. These three excerpts not only represent Dr. King's most famous words and speeches, they also contain many musical similarities and differences. This study will include an analysis involving literary background information and source material as well as analysis of key, meter, tempo, harmony, orchestration, texture, and compositional techniques employed by the composer. As this is a new opera without a recorded or published precedent, this study will also serve as an introduction to the contemporary opera repertoire. Through the examination of these three excerpts from The Promise and candid sessions with the composer, the author's intent is to achieve a better understanding of the composer's compositional style and use of textual and musical material used for The Promise.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781244060074
  • Publisher: BiblioLabsII
  • Publication date: 9/11/2011
  • Pages: 114
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.24 (d)

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