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Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)

Document Type

Doctoral Dissertation


Fine Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Joseph Baber


The G7 Suite is a multi-movement chamber work that combines elements of European Art Music, Indigenous Music from Latin America, and various representations of American music. The melodic material is derived from the national anthems of the Great Seven nations: Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Each melody is re-set to new music genres and aligns itself to the rules and expectations within each idiom. This compilation is more than a series of arrangements or reharmonizations of the anthems; these are new compositions based on melodic elements from previous works.

This analysis of The G7 Suite will serve three primary functions. First, each analysis will engage the sociological and/or cultural relevance of each nation or idiom. Essentially, the composer offers perspective on the relationship between the nation and the new idiom within each movement. Second, the idiomatic characteristics of each genre are revealed to and discussed with the reader. Here, the reader is able to quantify and qualify the blended characteristics of the source material and the new idiom. Last, attention will be focused on the relationships between the source material and the new composition: this is the meat of the analysis. Care will be taken to examine the interaction of the anthems and the idioms while relating each movement to the broader G7 Suite.

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