Research updates from our DMA candidates
This new section of our web site will include information concerning the research activities of our DMA candidates.
Garold (DMA. 2009) completed ground-breaking research on the quintets (with double bass) of Astor Piazolla, including a recital of several of these works. The crux of his argument is that there are errors in many of the published editions of these pieces, and he has been examining the Piazolla’s recorded legacy for clues to his real intentions.
Alex’s research involves solo and chamber works for double bass by Ben Johnston. Johnston’s work has been championed by many fine performers, including the Kronos Quartet, the Kepler Quartet, the St. Louis Symphony, and the Swingle Singers. Professor Cameron premiered two solo works of Johnston (Progression and Alap), and there are several chamber works of his that include the double bass, from the 1950’s to the 1990’s. Many of these incorporate “just intonation”, which involves a complicated system of microtones to realize.
Alex completed his DMA, May 2012. Congrats, Dr McHattie!
José Roberto Imperatore Vianna
Beto completed his DMA degree in August of 2012. Congrats, Dr Vianna!
This November, Henry officially completed his two DMA lecture-recitals, and successfully completed his final defense. Congrats, Dr. Chen!!
This is Hunter’s year, and he is exploring a number of intriguing possible avenues of research, including the small body of literature for the double bass with high C tuning. Another avenue of study now are the variations among the various editions of Bottesini’s solo works.
update, November, 2013: Hunter successfully completed his preliminary exam. Good show!
Dohee is conducting research on the bassist/composer Pedro Valls. She has already performed one of his works in a DMA recital, with more to come.