Date of Award

1987

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts

School

College of Arts and Sciences

Program

Music MA

First Advisor

Morris L. Taylor

Abstract

Problem This study analyzes a significant group of lullabies collected from t h r e e o f t h e p r i n c i p a l v a l l e y s in Norway. A d e t a i l e d a n a l y s i s may show t h e e x t e n t o f c e n t o n i z a t i o n w i t h i n the l u l l a b i e s and may r e v e a l a s p e c t s o f t h e t o n a l i n f l e c t i o n o f t h e s e m e l o d i e s . Method The s t u d y g i v e s a g e n e r a l d e s c r i p t i o n o f t h e l u l l a b y . I t a l s o p r e s e n t s an a n n o t a t e d l i s t i n g o f c o l l e c t i o n s and a summary o f p r e v i o u s s t u d i e s done in t h i s a r e a . With t h e h e l p o f t r a d i t i o n a l t e c h n i q u e s and computer t e c h n o l o g y , t h e m o t i v e s from 154 m e l o d i e s were a n a l y z e d . R e s u l t s The a n a l y s i s r e s u l t e d in t h e d i s c o v e r y t h a t t h e l u l l a b i e s c o n s i s t t o a l a r g e d e g r e e o f c e r t a i n motives t h a t a r e common t o a l l t h r e e v a l l e y s . However, the m e l o d i e s from each v a l l e y have c e r t a i n c h a r a c t e r i s t i c s which a r e u n iq u e t o t h a t v a l l e y o r which a p p e a r e d very seldom in t h e o t h e r two v a l l e y s . C o n c l u s i o n s To a l a r g e e x t e n t t h e s e l u l l a b i e s u t i l i z e t h e t e c h n i q u e o f c e n t o n i z a t i o n and have t h e i r own t o n a l i n f l e c t i o n .

Subject Area

Lullabies, Norwegian.

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