Date of Award

8-2012

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Music

Major

Music

Major Professor

Kenneth A. Jacobs

Committee Members

Barbara Murphy, Donald Pederson

Abstract

Suite for Chamber Orchestra is a three-movement composition for an orchestra of reduced size. Over the course of the three movements, a variety of influences can be seen from the 19th and 20th centuries in regard to harmony and rhythmic practices. This Suite is scored for flute, oboe, Bb clarinet, bassoon, French horn, trumpet in C, timpani, violin (I and II), viola, cello, and double bass, and utilizes a moderate level of dissonance, harmonies consisting of perfect fourths and fifths, as well as a high level rhythmic activity.

This paper provides an analysis of the Suite in terms of musical content and form. Comparisons to influential compositions and composers (Copland, Reich, Prokofiev, etc.) are made with regard to genre, form, style, melody, harmony, rhythm, and orchestration.

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