Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Music (MMUS)



First Advisor

Kenton Bales


This document explores various artifacts gathered in preparation for the performance of Libby Larsen's Corker for Clarinet and Percussion (Corker). Specifically, the author will utilize transcripts of interviews conducted with the composer, theoretical analysis, and excerpts from the performance diary of the percussionist who has worked extensively with the composer in his analysis. In the course of writing her work, composer Libby Larsen drew from childhood experiences while growing up in Minneapolis, Minnesota. These memories are the framework for this composition and are shared in this document through transcripts of interviews conducted in January 1998. A brief analysis using the theory of Alan Forte will explore non-tonal relationships within and between sections of Corker. While the piece is musically influenced by the jazz idiom, it is Forte's theories which best describe the overall structure and melodic ideas behind Corker. Finally, Robert Adney, percussionist on a 1997 recording of Corker, shares his thoughts on technical and logistical aspects of the piece with excerpts from his performance diary. These details will be examined, explored and used by the author in preparation of the work for public performance.


A Treatise 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 2001 Daniel James Jacobi.