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Year of Publication


Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)

Document Type

Doctoral Dissertation


Fine Arts


Music Performance

First Advisor

Dr. Tze Ying Wu


This dissertation examines the contemporary composer, Jakub Polaczyk and his recent work, Kentucky Bluegrasp for Solo Viola. The dissertation is divided into seven chapters. Chapter I serves as an introduction. Chapter II presents interviews with Polaczyk conducted via Zoom and email. Chapter III explores two parts: Jakub Polaczyk’s early years of life, and education and career. Chapter IV, “Influences,” is further divided into three parts: Slavic music, Polish, heritages, and Diverse inspirations. Chapter V, “Unique Artistic Language,” delves into five parts: Exploration of Timbre, Unique Instrumentation, Extended Techniques, Cross-Cultural Influences, and Other Versatile Sources of Inspiration. Chapter VI, focuses on Kentucky Bluegrasp and consists of three parts: Background of Kentucky Bluegrasp, Analysis, and Performance Practice. The analysis includes seven elements: From, Musical texture, Melody, Harmony, Rhythm, Dynamis, and Unique Techniques. Chapter VII presents the conclusion, and the appendix contains the list of composers’ works.

KEYWORDS: Contemporary Composer, Jakub Polaczyk, Kentucky Bluegrasp, Solo Viola

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