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Piano Quintet

Piano Quintet

Date: May 1997
Creator: Tan, Chee-Tick
Description: The thesis is a traditional piano quintet in the manner of Bartok, incorporating compositional techniques such as golden ratio and using folk materials. Special effects on strings are limited for easy conversion to wind instruments. The piece is about 15 minutes long.
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The Full Armor of God

The Full Armor of God

Date: August 1997
Creator: Lawrence, Nicholas A. (Nicholas Alan)
Description: The Full Armor of God is a musical composition based on the apostle Paul's comparison in Ephesians 6:10-20 between armor for physical combat and armor for spiritual warfare. The instrumentation consists of the following: oboe/English horn, bassoon, two violins, viola, cello, and bass. Texts on Roman armor as well as commentaries and sermons on the scriptures were consulted for the basis of the musical materials. The piece combines imagery and historical associations with abstract renderings of both the physical and the spiritual.
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La Primavera: Concertino for English Horn and Chamber Orchestra

La Primavera: Concertino for English Horn and Chamber Orchestra

Date: May 2002
Creator: Esperilla Garcia, Efrain Ernesto
Description: La Primavera: Concertino for English Horn and Chamber Orchestra is a work in a traditional chamber orchestra instrumentation: single woodwinds (flute, oboe, clarinet, and bassoon), two French horns, trumpet, timpani and strings. A through-composed work of 14 minutes in duration, the Concertino is conceptually based on the idea that spring is not the first of the seasons, but rather the last. As a result, all of its motivic materials are organically linked to one another, and function as paired forces that struggle for supremacy. The introduction of the third motive functions as a motivic synthesis, since it contains intrinsic elements of previous motives. There are several important compositions based on the topic of the seasons among them we find: Vivaldi's Concerto Grosso Le Quatro Staggione, Haydn's oratorio The Seasons, and Piazzola's chamber work Las Estaciones. While researching this topic, the conceptual dilemma of spring as the last season was considered. This became a turning point in the compositional process strong enough to consider the spring as a singular topic of interest. The analysis of this work through Derrida's Deconstruction theory first came to me while reading Rose Rosengerd Subotnick's Deconstructive Variations: Music and Reason in Western Society. The Linguistic approach, ...
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And Drops of Rain Fall Like Tears: A Composition for Electroacoustic Music and Video

And Drops of Rain Fall Like Tears: A Composition for Electroacoustic Music and Video

Date: May 2002
Creator: Thompson, Michael Allen
Description: And Drops of Rain Fall Like Tears is a composition for electroacoustic music with an optional ambient video component. The composition consists of a single movement electroacoustic work twenty-two minutes in duration. The piece creates an immersive sonic environment within the confines of a typical concert space, thereby recreating the powerful temper and subtle beauty of nature from different sonic perspectives. The paper is divided into four chapters, each discussing an element of the piece in detail. The introduction presents background information and compositional approach for the composition. Chapters 1 through 4 present detailed information related to the creation of both the electroacoustic music and video elements of the piece. Chapter 4 contains relevant information to the performance of the piece.
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Pilgrim Carnival

Pilgrim Carnival

Date: August 2002
Creator: House, Kayli
Description: This thesis explores an experimental music approach to writing autobiography. As a composition, Pilgrim Carnival took place as a travelling series of events. The central event was a sound installation for a blindfolded audience. This essay is a description of that series of events as well as a discussion of similar precedents in interdisciplinary art. Beginning with Luigi Russolo and Marcel Duchamp, aspects of autobiography are examined in both noise music and the concept of the ready-made artwork. Body Art of the 1970s, particularly the work of Marina Abramovic, is also tied into the idea of the ready-made artwork as an explicitly autobiographical example. The hybrid form of Pilgrim Carnival and the concept of ready-made autobiographical music create ongoing potential for new work.
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I Never Saw Another Butterfly: A Composition for SATB Choir and Chamber Orchestra

I Never Saw Another Butterfly: A Composition for SATB Choir and Chamber Orchestra

Date: August 1997
Creator: Schneider, Gregory Alan
Description: ...I never saw another butterfly... is a twelve movement chamber work scored for SATB choir, narrator, percussion I [vibraphone, and tomtoms (4)], percussion II [timpani (4), tam-tam, snare drum, and bass drum], guitar, violins I and II, viola, and cello and is based on the book of the same name. It contains a variety of compositional techniques, forms and genres.
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Mobiles

Mobiles

Date: August 1997
Creator: Whitworth, Clifford K. (Clifford Kirk)
Description: Mobiles is a composition for an ensemble consisting of 12 instruments. The piece, in one movement, incorporates intuition, chance, and twelve tone techniques and reflects the relationship between motion and rest or tension and release. The structure is modeled according to principles of growth and decay, starting off slowly, building, and then dying away. Much of the material is inspired by mental images invoked from modern theories concerning chaos. Mobiles' character stems from the principal use of two motives, the chaos motif and the echo motif. Primarily, the chaos motif is representative of a state of motion while the echo motif represents a state of rest. Mobile architecture is usually characteristic of symmetry, balance, and proportion, but because of uncertainty in a natural environment, this proportion often falls short of a perfect symmetrical balance as in the case of a crystal or a fractal design. It is this kind of architecture that Mobiles portrays in its form and developmental process.
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Senior Recital: 2011-04-19 - Tae Il Lee, composer and Grant Phillips, composer

Senior Recital: 2011-04-19 - Tae Il Lee, composer and Grant Phillips, composer

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Date: April 19, 2011
Creator: Lee, Tae Il & Phillips, Grant
Description: Recital presented at the UNT College of Music MEIT (M1001) in partial fulfillment of the Bachelor of Music (BM) degree.
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Senior Recital: 2011-04-10 - Michelle Alonso, composer

Senior Recital: 2011-04-10 - Michelle Alonso, composer

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Date: April 10, 2011
Creator: Alonso, Michelle
Description: Recital presented at the UNT College of Music Voertman Hall in partial fulfillment of the Bachelor of Music (BM) degree.
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Senior Recital: 2010-04-16 - Gabriel Bautista, composer and Benjamin Shirey, composer

Senior Recital: 2010-04-16 - Gabriel Bautista, composer and Benjamin Shirey, composer

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Date: April 16, 2010
Creator: Bautista, Gabriel & Shirey, Benjamin
Description: Recital presented at the UNT College of Music MEIT (M1001) in partial fulfillment of the Bachelor of Music (BM) degree.
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Senior Recital: 2010-12-03 - Stephen Dunning, composer

Senior Recital: 2010-12-03 - Stephen Dunning, composer

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Date: December 3, 2010
Creator: Dunning, Stephen
Description: Recital presented at the UNT College of Music MEIT (M1001) in partial fulfillment of the Bachelor of Music (BM) degree.
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Senior Recital: 2011-04-26 - Zachary Young, composer

Senior Recital: 2011-04-26 - Zachary Young, composer

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Date: April 26, 2011
Creator: Young, Zachary
Description: Recital presented at the UNT College of Music MEIT (M1001) in partial fulfillment of the Bachelor of Music (BM) degree.
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Senior Recital: 2010-11-11 - Kohsuke Tajima, composition

Senior Recital: 2010-11-11 - Kohsuke Tajima, composition

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Date: November 11, 2010
Creator: Tajima, Kohsuke
Description: Recital presented at the UNT College of Music Recital Hall in partial fulfillment of the Bachelor of Music (BM) degree.
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Senior Recital: 2010-04-02 - Cody W. Forrest, composer (b. 1988) and Michael A. Garman, composer (b. 1988)

Senior Recital: 2010-04-02 - Cody W. Forrest, composer (b. 1988) and Michael A. Garman, composer (b. 1988)

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Date: April 2, 2010
Creator: Forrest, Cody W. & Garman, Michael A.
Description: Recital presented at the UNT College of Music MEIT (M1001) in partial fulfillment of the Bachelor of Music (BM) degree.
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The Prayer of Daniel: for flute (with alto flute), clarinet (with bass clarinet), violin, cello, doumbek, percussion, piano, bass-baritone voice, and men's chorus

The Prayer of Daniel: for flute (with alto flute), clarinet (with bass clarinet), violin, cello, doumbek, percussion, piano, bass-baritone voice, and men's chorus

Date: August 2003
Creator: Gutierrez, Jason
Description: The Prayer of Daniel is a chamber piece in the style of an oratorio for vocal bass-baritone soloist, flute doubling on alto flute, B flat clarinet doubling on bass clarinet, violin, cello, piano, percussion on vibraphone and marimba, doumbek (a middle eastern drum), and men's chorus (TTBB). The approximate duration is thirty minutes. The text comes from the Old Testament book of Daniel, Chapter 9 verses 4 through 19. In these passages the prophet Daniel rends from his heart a prayer of repentance, mercy and forgiveness on the behalf of a fallen nation. The harmonic language of the composition combines both classical contemporary and jazz sonorities. The rhythmic language is drawn from the meter of the text, and is used to underscore the emotion of the prayer. These elements combine to form a rich music experience that conveys the penitent heart of the prophet Daniel.
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Senior Recital: 2007-04-21 - Tyler Huffman, composer

Senior Recital: 2007-04-21 - Tyler Huffman, composer

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Date: April 21, 2007
Creator: Huffman, Tyler
Description: A senior recital presented at the UNT College of Music Merrill Ellis Intermedia Theater.
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Senior Recital: 2012-10-28 - Heather Ramsey, composer

Senior Recital: 2012-10-28 - Heather Ramsey, composer

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Date: October 28, 2012
Creator: Ramsey, Heather
Description: A senior recital presented at the UNT College of Music Voertman Hall.
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Master's Recital: 2012-04-10 - Ok-Hyun Kwak, jazz composition

Master's Recital: 2012-04-10 - Ok-Hyun Kwak, jazz composition

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Date: April 10, 2012
Creator: Kwak, Ok-Hyun
Description: Recital presented at the UNT College of Music Kenton Hall in partial fulfillment of the Master of Music (MM) degree.
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Now All the Fingers of This Tree

Now All the Fingers of This Tree

Date: May 2003
Creator: Wood, Kelly Thomas
Description: Now All the Fingers of This Tree is a work in two movements based upon a poem of the same name by E. E. Cummings. It is divided into two movements: The first movement is scored for nine part solo soprano, where one performer records each of the nine vocal lines. The second movement is an electro-acoustic work derived from four phrases of the original recording of the first movement. Total duration of the work is approximately 19 minutes. The paper provides a detailed analysis of both movements as well as a discussion on usage of text, problems addressed with traditional notation techniques, and technology utilized in the production of the work.
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Source-bonding as a Variable in Electroacoustic Composition: Faktura and Acoustics in Understatements

Source-bonding as a Variable in Electroacoustic Composition: Faktura and Acoustics in Understatements

Date: December 2010
Creator: Rostovtsev, Ilya Y.
Description: Understatements for two-channel fixed media is a four-movement study of the sonic potential of acoustic instruments within the practice of electroacoustic studio composition. The musical identity of the entire composition is achieved through consistent approaches to disparate instrumental materials and a focused investigation of the relationships between the various acoustic timbres and their electroacoustic treatments. The analytical section of this paper builds on contemporary research in electroacoustic arts. The analysis of the work is preceded by a summary of theoretical and aesthetic approaches within electroacoustic composition and the introduction of primary criteria of sonic faktura (material essence) used in the compositional process. The analyses address the idiosyncratic use of the concept of faktura to contextualize and guide the unfolding of the work. The reconciliation of the illusory electronic textures and the acoustic sources that parented them may be considered the ultimate goal of Understatements.
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Senior Recital: 2013-03-18 - Christopher Walker, composer

Senior Recital: 2013-03-18 - Christopher Walker, composer

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Date: March 18, 2013
Creator: Walker, Christopher
Description: A senior recital was performed at the UNT College of Music Voertman Hall.
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Breaking Through: A Composition for Symphony Orchestra

Breaking Through: A Composition for Symphony Orchestra

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Date: August 2002
Creator: Dribus, John Alexander
Description: Breaking Through is a single-movement composition for symphony orchestra based on a fourteen-note melody. Every harmonic and melodic figure except the bass line is derived from this source melody. The structure of the work is based on a number of musical dichotomies that work on both local and large-scale levels. The local dichotomies contrast consonance with dissonance and ambiguity with clarity (in respect to texture and rhythm). The dichotomy of two-part form versus three-part form and the dichotomy of simplicity versus complexity operate on the large scale. The unity lended by the single source melody coupled with the contrasts furnished by the aforementioned dichotomies allow Breaking Through to be both coherent and interesting.
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General Process in the Creation of Estruendos and Principal Structural Elements of the Composition

General Process in the Creation of Estruendos and Principal Structural Elements of the Composition

Date: May 2002
Creator: Cuellar Camargo, Lucio Edilberto
Description: My composition, Estruendos, is a work for large symphonic orchestra, guitar and computer-generated and processed sounds on CD. The work lasts 23 minutes and 45 seconds. My dissertation is composed of two parts: Part One comprises the analysis and Part Two comprises the score. Part One gives a brief background of my compositional dialect and aesthetics. It also includes a discussion of the compositional process and general overview of Estruendos. In addition, it illustrates the primary role the placement of sonic events in time and timbral structure play in the pathos of Estruendos.
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Syncretisms for wind quintet and percussion: A study in combining organizational principles from Southeast Asian music with western stylistic elements.

Syncretisms for wind quintet and percussion: A study in combining organizational principles from Southeast Asian music with western stylistic elements.

Date: May 2008
Creator: Seymour, John
Description: Syncretisms is an original composition scored for flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, bassoon, and marimba (2-mallet minimum, 4 recommended) with an optional percussion part requiring glockenspiel and chimes, and has an approximate duration of 6 min. 45. sec. The composition combines modern western tuning, timbre, and harmonic language with organizational principles identified in music from Southeast Asia (including music from cultures found in Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, and Indonesia). The accompanying paper describes each of these organizational principles, drawing on the work of scholars who have performed fieldwork, and describes the way in which each principle was employed in Syncretisms. The conclusion speculates on a method for comparing musical organizational systems cross-culturally.
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