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English Folk Song Influences on the Vaughan Williams Concerto for Oboe and Strings

Abstract The Concerto for Oboe and String by Ralph Vaughan Williams is often described as a pastoral work without any consideration for what makes that an accurate description. This paper outlines the connections to English folk song that create what are considered the pastoral qualities in the work. Vaughan Williams' relationship with English folk song, as collector and arranger, is well-documented, as is his advocacy for their use in compositions. By the time he wrote the Oboe Concerto at the end of his career, folk song elements had completely infused his compositional style. The Oboe Concerto shares many stylistic traits with English folk song. These stylistic elements: mode, melodic structure, form, and rhythm and meter are first analyzed i... (more)
Created Date 2013
Contributor Kupitz, Emily Anne (Author) / Schuring, Martin (Advisor) / Micklich, Albie (Committee member) / Oldani, Robert (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Music / English Folk Song / Oboe Concerto / Vaughan Williams
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 96 pages
Language English
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Note D.M.A. Music 2013
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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