Defense Date

7-15-2013

Graduation Date

2013

Availability

Immediate Access

Submission Type

thesis

Degree Name

MM

Department

Music Technology

School

Mary Pappert School of Music

Committee Chair

Lynn Purse

Committee Member

William Purse

Committee Member

Judith Bowman

Committee Member

Edward Kocher

Committee Member

Stephen Benham

Keywords

Composition, Music, Technology

Abstract

Last Snow is a suite of compositions in a genre that most closely approximates a contemporary jazz style with electronic elements and shifting meters. While there are clear examples of imitative synthesis within the work, many abstract examples of a more diffuse, impressionistic bent are also discernible. Much of the programming for these last mentioned tonal colors and synthesizer leads was accomplished by the composer.

The suite has as a unifying feature the tones of the natural scale beginning from various alternate root pitches. The compositions, therefore, operate for the composer as something of a study with several challenges unique to each of the four resulting scales. There is a desire to more fully incorporate some concepts regarding synthetic chromaticism that the composer was considering during a month while he was convalescing in a hospital after a near fatal heart attack that was endured during the summer of 2009.

Format

PDF

Language

English

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