"...And Points North" by Stuart Saunders Smith: An examination of musical influences and a performer's guide
AuthorWadley, Darin Joseph, 1969-
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThis document will examine the work ... And Points North by Stuart Saunders Smith in an effort to reveal its musical influences and to demonstrate that the work poses unique performance and interpretive challenges to the performing percussionist. ... And Points North is a three movement work for solo percussionist/narrator which lasts approximately fifteen minutes. The piece requires the soloist to perform on an unusual array of percussion instruments, sing wordless melodies, and recite poems in the English and an American Indian language (Passamaquoddy). This document is divided into two parts. Part I will explore Smith's musical influences. Part II is a detailed performer's guide of ... And Points North. Part I begins with a brief biography of Stuart Saunders Smith. Following this, four compositional influences on his musical output will be examined. These influences are: the landscape of Maine, his love of drumming, the style of Free Jazz, and sound poetry. The manner in which these concepts influence Smith's compositional style will first be demonstrated. Then, the direct effect that the above influences have on ... And Points North will be shown. Part II of this paper will address the performance and interpretive challenges inherent in ... And Points North. First, the logistical concerns for the piece will be examined. Explored in Chapters 7, 8, and 4 are the selection and construction of the instruments needed for each movement. Detailed guidelines are given for choosing and building the instruments requested in the score. Also discussed are the mallets chosen for each movement. In Chapter 10, the placement of each instrument, setup for each movement, and entire stage configuration will be examined. Finally, in Chapter 11, solutions will be offered for the technically and musically challenging passages in the score. Throughout this document, I offer my interpretive suggestions for the preparation and performance of ... And Points North. The technical and musical guidelines described in the text are my personal solutions and should not be considered as the only possible interpretation. Performers should feel free to cultivate their own individual approach to ... And Points North.
Degree ProgramGraduate College