Louis W. Ballard

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Material Information

Title:
Louis W. Ballard Composer and Music Educator
Physical Description:
1 online resource (378 p.)
Language:
english
Creator:
Ettinger, Karl Erik
Publisher:
University of Florida
Place of Publication:
Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date:

Thesis/Dissertation Information

Degree:
Doctorate ( Ph.D.)
Degree Grantor:
University of Florida
Degree Disciplines:
Music
Committee Chair:
KUSHNER,DAVID Z
Committee Co-Chair:
SHARPE,KEVIN M
Committee Members:
ODOM,LESLIE S
JENNINGS,ARTHUR C
SCOTT,JOHN F

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords:
american -- art -- ballard -- century -- chamber -- contemporary -- folk -- iaia -- indian -- louis -- mexico -- music -- native -- new -- north -- painting -- rozsa -- song -- traditional -- twentieth -- w -- wayne -- works
Music -- Dissertations, Academic -- UF
Genre:
Music thesis, Ph.D.
bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract:
Louis Wayne Ballard was an important Quapaw/Cherokee/French and Scottish composer, educator, ethnomusicologist, pianist, dancer, painter, writer, and music publisher. As an educator, his lectures often included discussion of stereotypical devices used by nineteenth and twentieth century composers in misrepresentations of Native American music, which became standard practice in Hollywood films. While instructing Native American children he sought to familiarize them with traditional songs from their cultural heritage; many students did not know the music of their own tribes. With non-Indian students these same songs were presented as a tool to teach them about Native American culture and the rudiments of music. As a member of the Society for Ethnomusicology and music curriculum specialist for the BIA, Ballard gave lectures on Native American music, instruments, and collected over 200 traditional songs from tribes throughout the United States.He stated many times in his writings, lectures, and interviews that he "existed in two worlds": that of the traditions of his Native American background and that of his modern life. This dichotomous existence is reflected in his music. In college he studied composition with Bela Rozsa and later with other important musicians and composers: Darius Milhaud, Ernst Krenek, Felix Labunski, Carlos Surinach, and Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. The works of Antonin Dvorak, Bela Bartok, and Arnold Schoenberg influenced his own. His compositional style fused techniques learned from these composers; many reference Native American cultural elements, specifically music, dance, art, and literature.Ballard's chamber works display elements of both of these "worlds". Following a review of the literature and biographical sketch, the focus will be on three chamber works composed in the early, middle, and later years of his career. String Trio No. 1 reflects training received from his composition instructor Bela Rozsa, himself a student of Arnold Schoenberg, and his connection with traditional Native American song. Katcina Dances for cello and piano was inspired by a traditional Hopi ceremony. Each movement of the work represents his personal reflection of different Hopi spirits/dolls/costumed dancers. The third work discussed, The Fire Moon string quartet, was inspired by an artifact and history of one of his tribes, the Quapaw.
General Note:
In the series University of Florida Digital Collections.
General Note:
Includes vita.
Bibliography:
Includes bibliographical references.
Source of Description:
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page.
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This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The University of Florida Libraries, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
Statement of Responsibility:
by Karl Erik Ettinger.
Thesis:
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Florida, 2014.
Local:
Adviser: KUSHNER,DAVID Z.
Local:
Co-adviser: SHARPE,KEVIN M.
Electronic Access:
RESTRICTED TO UF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE UNTIL 2015-05-31

Record Information

Source Institution:
UFRGP
Rights Management:
Applicable rights reserved.
Classification:
lcc - LD1780 2014
System ID:
UFE0046553:00001