Title

Joan

Author

Sarah Bauerle

Date Approved

11-15-2015

Date Posted

6-23-2016

Degree Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Music (MM)

Department

Music and Dance

Committee Member

Geoffrey Stanton, D.M.A, Chair

Committee Member

Garik Pedersen, D.M.A.

Committee Member

Whitney Prince, D.M.A.

Abstract

Joan is an original, programmatic piece for orchestra, with an approximate running time of eight minutes. It is inspired by the life of Joan of Arc, the French heroine at the end of the Hundred Years' War. Themes evoking major characters are presented as the piece unfolds. Along with original material, melodies from several folksongs are used in the themes representing Joan and the English. The English "Agincourt Carol" dates to the Hundred Years' War. Joan's themes, "Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella" and "He is Born," are both familiar French carols. In addition to these two themes, the piece begins with a solo offstage horn (God), which is then joined by the brass section in a triumphant clarion call. Thematic material changes and interacts throughout the piece, leading toward an inevitable (and yet surprising) conclusion.

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