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Venda choral music: compositional styles

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dc.contributor.advisor King, G.T. (Mr.) en
dc.contributor.advisor Geldenhuys, Daniel Gerhardus, 1948- en Mugovhani, Ndwamato George en 2009-08-25T10:50:37Z 2009-08-25T10:50:37Z 2009-08-25T10:50:37Z 2007-02-28 en
dc.identifier.citation Mugovhani, Ndwamato George (2009) Venda choral music: compositional styles, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <> en
dc.description.abstract Black choral music composers in South Africa, inspired by the few opportunities available to them until recent times, have nonetheless attempted to establish, perhaps subconsciously, some choral tradition and, in doing so, incorporate African musical elements in their works. My research traces the foundations and historical development of choral music as an art amongst Vhavenda, and the contributions made thereto by a number of past and present Venda composers that this researcher could manage to identify and trace, to the music of the people. The selected composers are Stephen Maimela Dzivhani, Matthew Ramboho Nemakhavhani, Derrick Victor Nephawe, Joseph Khorommbi Nonge, Israel Thinawanga Ramabannda and Fhatuwani Hamilton Sumbana. Through the application of multiple methodological lenses, the study sets out to analyse, describe, and interpret Venda choral music. Of particular interest is the exploration of the extent to which the ”formal” education that was brought by the Berlin Missionaries influenced Venda choral musicians, particularly the selected Venda choral music composers. Also crucial to this research is the exploration and identification of elements peculiar to indigenous Venda traditional music in the works of these composers. The question is whether it was possible for these composers to realize and utilize their potentials fully in their attempt to evoke traditional Venda music with their works, given the very limiting Western tonic sol-fa notational system they were solely working with. The project also briefly traces the place of Venda choral music within the South African music context and its role within the search for cultural identity. The research has found that the majority of Venda choral music written so far has generally not been capable of evoking indigenous Venda traditional music. Whilst these composers choose themes that are akin to their culture, social settings, legend and general communal life, the majority of the music they set to these themes does not sound African (Venda in particular) in terms of the rhythms and melodies. The majority of the compositions under scrutiny have inappropriate settings of Venda words into the melodies employed. This can be attributed to the limitations imposed by the tonic sol-fa notational system, which was the only system they were taught in the missionary schools established around Venda and which, itself, was flawed as well as the general lack of adequate music education on the part of the composers themselves. Despite these limitations and the very few opportunities available to them, Venda choral music composers nonetheless managed to lay a foundation for choral music as an art amongst their people (Vhavenda). en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Dance en
dc.subject Protest en
dc.subject Traditions en
dc.subject Culture en
dc.subject History en
dc.subject Folk songs en
dc.subject Folklore en
dc.subject Tonic Sol-fa en
dc.subject Staff Notation en
dc.subject Texture en
dc.subject Structure en
dc.subject Harmony en
dc.subject Rhythms en
dc.subject Melodies en
dc.subject Compositions en
dc.subject Composers en
dc.subject Indigenous Music en
dc.subject Venda en
dc.subject Choral Music en
dc.subject.ddc 782.50968257
dc.subject.lcsh Choral music -- Venda (South Africa)
dc.subject.lcsh Composers, Black -- Venda (South Africa)
dc.subject.lcsh Venda (African People)-- Music.
dc.title Venda choral music: compositional styles en
dc.type Dissertation en
dc.description.department Art history, Visual Ars and Musicology en D. Mus en

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