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Master of Music (MMus)
Briggs, Roger, 1952-
Hamilton, Bruce, 1966-
Sommer, Lesley, 1967-
'Currents' for orchestra was written as my graduate thesis from Fall 2011 to Spring 2012. The work is textual in nature, though the motive (013) permeates the textures to give unity. I was under the influence of Witold Lutoslawski and Giacinto Scelsi when conceptualizing this work, and it makes liberal use of drones, timbral shifts, and possesses a wide textual variety. The form can loosely be described as ABA, and I tried to use variation on existing material as the primary method of generating new material. The title comes from the idea of currents as the manifestations of the unstoppable force of gravity. The piece continues to unfold with a constant movement even when the percussive attacks seem at one moment to interrupt the flow, much the way a current in a stream will hit a rock and be momentarily disrupted. I view art as an extension of the natural world, and hopefully this piece is an adequate tribute that awesome power.
Western Washington University
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Smith, Todd Francis, "Currents: for orchestra, 2011-12" (2012). WWU Graduate School Collection. 193.