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Master of Music (MMUS)




The body of A Study of René Clausen's a new Creation: A Biography and Brief Analysis is divided into two parts. In the first part an overview of Clausen's life is presented since biographical information about this composer has not been previously published. The second part consists of a brief analysis of Clausen's major choral work a new Creation. Since Clausen's works have not been the subject of previous writings, the resource material for this document is the personal interview, conducted by the author. Interviews were held not only with René Clausen, but also with several of his colleagues. After the introduction to the paper, the biographical information about René Clausen includes family background, educational experiences, musical development and current professional status. The analysis of a new Creation begins with a. detailed index which presents the voicing, orchestration, key and text for each movement. A verbal analysis of each movement of a Creation is then treated. Figures from the printed score are included in this verbal analysis to aid understanding. An alphabetical and chronological listing of published works are included in appendixes following the summary.


A Thesis Equivalent Project Presented to the Department of Music and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Music (MMUS) University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright 1993 W. Jerald Brabec.