A STUDY OF ROBERT NATHANIEL DETT: HIS CREATION OF THE CHARIOT JUBILEE AND A SETTING OF A NEW ACCESSIBLE REDUCED ORCHESTRATION
Ferdinand, Jason Max
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This dissertation addresses the concern that music by Black composers remains inadequately represented in concert performances. Though a number of factors account for this unfortunate circumstance, the problem can be positively addressed. This dissertation focuses specifically on making Robert Nathaniel Dett's oratorio, The Chariot Jubilee, more accessible to performers and audiences alike. An instrumental accompaniment comprising of one flute, one oboe, one bassoon, one french horn, piano, organ and a string quartet affords access to choirs of many levels the opportunity to delve into this luminous piece of music. This has been demonstrated by combining the musical forces of the Oakwood University Aeolians, members of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, and tenor soloist Roderick George from the University of Montevallo.