Ernst Pepping's Missa Dona Nobis Pacem: A Conductor's Analysis For Performance

by Tresler, Matthew Troy

Abstract (Summary)
The purpose of this study is to provide a conductor's resource for preparation of the Missa Dona Nobis Pacem of Ernst Pepping (1901-1981). While research on the organ works has been done, there is no English language resource on the sacred choral works of Pepping. This paper provides a collection of information on Pepping's life, musical characteristics, and the composition of the Missa Dona Nobis Pacem. Following an introductory first chapter, Chapter Two is a biographical sketch of the composer with emphasis on compositional periods and important historical figures, and it places Pepping's works into this context. The third chapter is a brief description of Pepping's musical language and places the Mass in historical compositional context through a discussion of the Vier letzte Lieder of Richard Strauss (1869-1949) and the Cinq rechants of Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992), two vocal works also written in 1948. Chapter Four is an overview of the Mass. The fifth chapter gives an analysis of the Missa Dona Nobis Pacem and provides musical examples. The sixth and final chapter provides further insight into the works for a cappella choir by Ernst Pepping with a discussion of two major examples from the same compositional period, Heut und ewig (1948) and the Passionsbericht des Matthaus (1949-1950). The Appendices are a chronological list of the choral compositions of Ernst Pepping, and a chronology.
Bibliographical Information:

Advisor:Robert Gower D.M.A.; Jo-Michael Scheibe D.M.A.; Donald T. Oglesby D.M.; Frank Cooper M.M.

School:University of Miami

School Location:USA - Florida

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:choral conducting music


Date of Publication:06/27/2008

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