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Matthew Evancho's dissertation

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Initial post: Jul 22, 2014 3:28:55 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 22, 2014 4:24:57 PM PDT
cjf says:
Matthew Evancho's doctoral dissertation:

The first part is an original composition for orchestra.

The second part of this dissertation is an account of the career of the pop music producer, David Foster. Throughout his expansive career, David Foster has made significant contributions to the pop music canon, specifically within the "power ballad" form and within the genre of "classical crossover." Classical crossover music fuses important elements of popular music's form and sentimentality with serious concert music's romantic lyricism and orchestration. This new hybrid genre has proven remarkably successful within the music industry and the pivotal role of David Foster cannot be understated.
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The dissertation is long but you can find the best parts by searching for "Jackie". I would then recommend starting on page 171 with the transcription of his in depth interview with Foster.

Part 2 starts on page 113. It covers Foster's entire career and has in depth analysis of several of his best known songs.

I found the account of writing "I Will Always Love You" for Whitney to be particularly interesting. The a cappella start was Kevin Costner's idea. The pause before and then the structure of the third verse resulted from Foster finishing a two verse version before he discovered a third verse existed. The final cut was a rough cut that
Foster played for Clive Davis who liked it so much he wouldn't let Foster touch it again. All in all it turned out pretty well.

Jackie's "To Believe" is also analyzed as another example of a Foster power ballad.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 22, 2014 3:56:45 PM PDT
ursus says:
Interesting document although it really didn't need its own thread. :-) It certainly shows that there is other musical talent in JE's background.

Does anyone know anything about the score "And It Was Good For Orchestra" which makes up Part I of the thesis?

Posted on Jul 22, 2014 5:09:39 PM PDT
Dobs says:
cjf, Thanks for the informative post. This is probably the best place for it. It would probably have gotten buried in a lot of worthless nonsense on the 2 threads.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 22, 2014 9:22:52 PM PDT
IAM says:
Thanks for an interesting find and sharing it with us.

Posted on Jul 22, 2014 9:27:31 PM PDT
IAM says:
Now we know where Jackie got the idea of philosophy adding to her music skills. Some thought she didn't know what she was talking about but obviously she got that directly from her uncle.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 20, 2015 1:24:05 PM PST
rjones2818 says:
Foster didn't write "I will always love you" for Whitney. He may have arranged it. Dolly wrote the song for Porter when they split up.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 20, 2015 1:28:33 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 20, 2015 1:32:23 PM PST
cjf says:
Yes, Dolly wrote it. Foster changed it from a country song to a power ballad for Whitney.
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