International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Biography and Adventures of George Worlasi Kwasi Dor in the Discovery of Traditional [Musical] Elements in Choral Music Compositions
Dr. Joshua Alfred Amuah

This paper presents George Worlasi Kwasi Dor (b.1954) as a relatively contemporary Ghanaian younger composer who is endowed with the talent of writing music compositions, exploring traditional [musical] elements to fuse with Western harmonic principles. It is expected as a projection into his family and educational background, musical endeavors as well as titles he had achieved. His intention is to present his compositions to the understanding and appreciation of his audiences both “home” and abroad. Having been born and bred a Ghanaian, Dor is an Associate Professor of Music at University of Mississippi, United States of America. Through interviews and analytical study of a selection of three of his compositions which he has explored extensively, traditional [musical] elements as his source of compositional material to blend effectively with Western harmonic philosophies, the paper unravels his distinctive ways of approaching that special technique of blending, using concomitantly indigenous materials and creative procedures that define his identity as African composer.

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