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Master of Music (MMus)
Sommer, Lesley, 1967-
Briggs, Roger, 1952-
Hamilton, Bruce, 1966-
In this work, orchestral color takes on a nebulous quality as it changes over time. The first major portion of the piece is driven by a single melody which typifies each subsection. As this melody repeats, it is sometimes veiled by orchestral color and strata in a pandiatonic fashion, with foreign pitches progressively thwarting its consonance. Rhythmic stratification takes on a stochastic quality and various musical events may support or combat motivic and thematic elements over time. The middle section is the culmination of stochastic rhythmic ideas and where motivic elements are derived from earlier ideas but now articulated through an atonal lens (melodic contours are maintained but pitches are altered). The idea of pandiatonicism returns as the piece reaches an apex with multiple layers of rhythmic syncopation and groupings. The piece closes with the return of the piece's opening texture which, like earlier sections, occurs seemingly by happenstance.
Western Washington University
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McCunn, Ian D., "Cerebral wave organics I: music for orchestra : 2011-2012" (2012). WWU Graduate School Collection. 192.