Date of Award
Master of Music
Dr. Chris Biggs
Dr. Lisa Coons
Dr. Matt Steel
Liturgical, composition, cantata, organ, choir
Masters Thesis-Open Access
The Bended Tree is a multi-movement, 40-minute cantata for chorus, organ, piano, flute, oboe, clarinet, trumpet, violin, and percussion. It explores timbral, textural, and harmonic development within loosely a symmetrical form divided in the center by 30 seconds of silence. The text for the cantata stems from a series of Lutheran hymns and Biblical passages, set to original music.
In the interest of facilitating flexibility for performances, the movements are written so that they can be performed individually, in any subset, or in the piece’s entirety. The instrumentation is also variable: the core ensemble is comprised of chorus, piano, and organ while the other instruments are treated as supplementary, utilized to intensify the preexisting events articulated by the core ensemble.
Shields, "The Bended Tree" (2017). Master's Theses. 912.