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Author: NWAMARA, Alvan-Ikoku Okwudiri

Title: CONTEMPORARY ART MUSIC FOR CHRISTIAN WORSHIP IN IGBO LITURGY:
ORIGINAL COMPOSITIONS IN AFRICAN IDIOM WITH BIBLICAL TEXTS


Institution: Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka. Nigeria

Begun: April 2006

Completed: August 2008

Abstract:

ABSTRACT
The continuous decline in the interest of the Igbo, especially the youths, in Igbo music appreciation, composition and practice, and the craze for its western counterpart, is obvious. This has adversely affected so many areas of the life of the Igbo. In the church, the story is the same as church musicians and composers have followed suit, composing and performing what can be best described as “western-music-influenced” Igbo music. In an effort to curb this worrisome situation, this work — Contemporary Art Music for Christian Worship in Igbo Liturgy - was born. According to Floyd (1999:5), the criteria for a composer are special instincts, a ‘sacred fire, the ability to infer or apply theoretical constructs, and being nurtured in the appropriate environment.’ It is in line with this view that the composer tries to apply various theoretical constructs towards creating this work that reflects Igbo choral music idioms and concepts. The compositions contained in this work are basically in form of Call and Response, Call and Refrain or Duet and Chorused Refrain; with biblical texts (lyrics adapted from selected psalms and canticles in Igbo language.)

This study is intended to serve as a bold step and courageous attempt towards creating and documenting new genres in the contemporary Igbo church musical works repertoire, as well as providing a comprehensive research material for further musicological and compositional research in the near future.


Keywords: Contemporary, African, Art, Igbo, Music, Worship, Liturgy, Choral


TOC:


Title Page … … … … … i
Approval Page … … … … … ii
Certification Page … … … `… iii
Dedication … … … … … … iv
Acknowledgements… … …… … … v
Abstract … … … … … viii
Table of Content … … … … ix

Chapter One
INTRODUCTION 1
1.1. Aims and Objectives of the Study… … 5
1.2. Significance of the Study … … 6
1.3. Research Methodology … … … 8
1.4. Limitations of the Study … … 10
1.5. Statement of the Problem … … 11
1.6. The Plan of the Dissertation … … 12

Chapter Two
REVIEW OF RELATED LITERATURE 14
2.1. Musical Sound, Composition and the Composer 14
2.2. Compositional Process … … … 21
2.3. Teaching and Learning Composition … 24
2.4. Contemporary Art Music Composition and the Igbo Composers 30

Chapter Three
MUSIC IN IGBO CHRISTIAN WORSHIP 43
3.1. Orthodox Hymn-Singing and Chanting in Igbo Liturgy … 43
3.2. Short-comings of the foreign hymns and chants 56
3.3. Introduction of Indigenous music in Igbo orthodox worship 57
3.4. The exponents of the indigenous compositions and their styles 58
3.5. Continuity and change in style… … … 61
3.6. The impact of the contemporary genres on the Church
and congregation … … … … 65
3.7. What the future portends for the new musical ideas in Igbo liturgy … … … … … 72
3.8. Original contributions of the Researcher 76

Chapter Four
PRESENTATION OF THE ORIGINAL COMPOSITIONS I 80
4.1. Pre-compositional Considerations … 80
4.2. Techniques Employed in the Compositions … 88
4.3. Performance Prescriptions … … 91

Chapter Five
PRESENTATION OF THE ORIGINAL COMPOSITIONS II 92
5.1. Analysis of the Compositions … … 92
5.2. The Music and Text of Song One-Jehova Bu Ihe M Na Nzoputa 118
5.3. The Music and Text of Song Two - Tonu Jehova 158
5.4. The Music and Text of Song Three - Magnificat 170
5.5. The Music and Text of Song Four - Odighi Ihe Korom … 217
5.6. The Music and Text of Song Five - Onye Ihe Nagara Nke Oma 235
5.7. The Music and Text of Song Six - Rue Ole Mgbe, Jehova … 278
5.8. The Music and Text of Song Seven - Nunc Dimittis … 302
5.9. The Music and Text of Song Eight - Chilienu Aka Unu Elu
N’idi Nso … … … … … 319

Chapter Six
SUMMARY AND CONCLUSION 330
6.1. Observations and Findings of the Study …330
6.2. Recommendations … … … …334
References 338



Contact:

postal address: Department of Music, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, P. M. B. 5025 Awka. Nigeria.

email: alvikonmusic@yahoo.com

phone: +2348033802133

Date Listed: 10/31/2010


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