From Blackbirds to Lynyrd Skynyrd: Exploring the Definition and Use of Folk Music in Clarinet Literature
Master of Music
Department or Program
Mandat, Eric P.
This document explores the definition and use of folk music in four important pieces of clarinet literature: “Abyss of the Birds” by Olivier Messiaen, Folk Songs by Eric Mandat, Freebirds by Scott McAllister, and Sonata for Clarinet and Piano in B-flat major, Op. 107 by Max Reger. Each of these pieces utilizes another piece or source of music in addition to the composer’s original material, and this paper will determine whether these sources constitute a use of folk music in each case. The different method by which each composer uses the external source material will also be examined. A general analysis of the formal, harmonic and melodic structure of each piece is also provided.