Title

Assimilation

Defense Date

4-20-2008

Graduation Date

Spring 2008

Availability

Immediate Access

Submission Type

thesis

Degree Name

MM

Department

Composition

School

Mary Pappert School of Music

Committee Chair

David Stock

Committee Member

Carole Riley

Committee Member

David Cutler

Committee Member

Patrick Burke

Keywords

composition, music, orchestra, symphony

Abstract

Assimilation is a work sonically exploring the tendency to seek conformity at the expense of unique ideas and creativity. The piece is based on two rhythmic motives: a brief, flitting motive used as the basis for independent exploration of melody and the second, a heavier, steady pulse, the majority that demands conformity. Throughout the piece several melodic ideas are explored in contrast to the whole, only to be assimilated back into the steady, ongoing march of the second motive. Assimilation is scored for full symphony orchestra and has a duration of approximately seven minutes.

Format

PDF

Language

English

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