Year of Publication


Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)

Document Type

Doctoral Dissertation


Fine Arts



First Advisor

James B. Campbell


Swedish musician Anders Åstrand sustains a career as a performing soloist and chamber musician, composer for small and large chamber ensembles, and improviser in a vast variety of styles. His career represents the future within the musical world as it shifts from the orchestras and concert halls to a society more interested social media outlets such as YouTube and Facebook Live. His compositions integrate elements of improvisation in concept and execution.

The primary aim of this study examines the life and career of Anders Åstrand and the correlation of those influences with his compositional aesthetic. The secondary objective connects the inspirations and music of Anders Åstrand with the College Music Society’s manifesto on progressive change for the undergraduate curriculum.

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