Title

Latin American Polystylism: Structure and Form in Osvaldo Golijov's La Pasión Según San Marcos

Defense Date

4-26-2004

Graduation Date

Spring 1-1-2004

Availability

Campus Only

Submission Type

thesis

Degree Name

MM

Department

Music Theory

School

Mary Pappert School of Music

Committee Chair

Robert Shankovich

Committee Member

Carole Riley

Committee Member

Rebecca Rollett

Keywords

Afro-Cuban percussion, choral music, musical analysis, Passion

Abstract

La Pasión Según San Marcos by Osvaldo Golijov has been praised for bringing a fresh voice to the Passion narrative with the inclusion of various, diverse musical styles found in Latin America, including Afro-Cuban drumming, samba, flamenco, conga, mambo, Gregorian chant, and contemporary concert music.

This thesis gives an analysis of unifying factors within the polystylistic elements in the form and construction of La Pasión, also including a brief biography of the composer and the details surrounding the work's conception. Formal analysis begins by giving attention to matters of text and instrumentation, as well as the basic musical styles incorporated to represent various dramatic elements of the story. At the heart of the study is a detailed examination of the incorporated styles through analysis of the work's local organization. The conclusion highlights the elements that serve to unite the various styles of the work into a cohesive whole.

Format

PDF

Language

English

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