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Document Type Doctoral Thesis
Author Onyeji, Christian
URN etd-10242005-164011
Document Title The study of Abigbo choral-dance music and its application in the composition of Abigbo for modern symphony orchestra
Degree DMus
Department Music
Advisor Name Title
Prof M Nzewi
  • Folk music Nigeria
  • Igbo African people music
  • Orchestral music scores
Date 2002-08-01
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This thesis is divided into two main parts. Part one is the presentation of the ethnomusicological research study on Abigbo choral dance music, and indigenous music type found in the Mbaise area of Ibgo land in Nigeria. This part is made up of three chapters. Chapter one present the research out line for this work, which contains the Background of the study, personal motivation for the study, need for the study, methodology and value of the study. Chapter two presents a study of Abigbo music and the musicians. In this chapter, the researcher discussed the socio-cultural and creative milieu of Abigbo musicians, the creative performance process, the theoretical content of Abigbo music, and the artistic criticism as well as social aesthetics normative in Abigbo music appreciation.

Chapter three of the work discussed transcription and analyses of traditional Ibgo music. Some problems of transcription and analyses in Ibgo music are argued from the perspectives of other writers and the researcher’s experience. The transcription and analysis techniques are then applied to selection Abigbo music repertory.

This part of the thesis is, therefore, an Ethnomusicological study of Abigbo music and musicians in which identifiable musical elements, compositional principles and the stylistic forte of Abigbo choral-dance music are discussed. The research-study enables the researcher to identify seminal compositional materials for the modern symphony orchestra composition deriving from the creative principles of Abigbo music.

Part two of this work is, essentially, an original creative work for the modern symphony orchestra applying the musical elements, compositional principles and style of Abigbo choral-dance music. This part is in three chapters: four, five and six. Chapter four is the composition of “Abigbo for Modern Symphony Orchestra”. It is a three movement orchestral work in contrasting tempi, in which the second movement introduces a male chorus with the orchestra.

Chapter five is a detailed analysis of the work and its compositional procedure.

Chapter six presents the conclusions and projections emanating from the study.

Part II then presents a perspective in the creative continuum of African music informed by Abigbo choral-dance music. It is a study of Abigbo choral-dance music of the Mbaise people in Igbo land of Nigeria and the application of its elements, compositional principles and style in the composition of modern art music for a modern symphony orchestra.

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