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  • Main Title 161 Glass: Site Specific Music in an Artistic Context


  • Author: Rusnak, Christina S.
    Creator Type: Personal


  • Chair: Bithell, David
    Contributor Type: Personal
    Contributor Info: Major Professor
  • Committee Member: Baum, Edward M.
    Contributor Type: Personal
    Contributor Info: Minor Professor
  • Committee Member: Klein, Joseph
    Contributor Type: Personal


  • Name: University of North Texas
    Place of Publication: Denton, Texas
    Additional Info: Web: www.unt.edu


  • Creation: 2010-05


  • English


  • Content Description: The composition 161 Glass is a 17-minute musical work with percussion, wind and brass instruments in which the intersection of mid-century architecture, and the art and culture of a dynamic city are inextricably linked. Through this paper, I explore the process of composing a musical work in relationship to the significance of site specific context. The paper begins by defining the concept of site specific art works; then reviews the discourse of the intersection of art, music and architecture. I then delve into the cultural and geographic context surrounding this project from the modern era through the present, and how those perspectives apply to the building and my piece. I reveal how the composition relates the musical ideas to the site. Finally, I describe the collaborative process between myself, the musicians and the Dallas Contemporary staff.


  • Keyword: Site specific
  • Keyword: composition
  • Keyword: artistic
  • Keyword: music
  • Library of Congress Subject Headings: Sextets (Clarinet, trombone, percussion) -- Scores.
  • Library of Congress Subject Headings: Composition (Music)


  • Name: UNT Theses and Dissertations
    Code: UNTETD


  • Name: UNT Libraries
    Code: UNT


  • Rights Access: public
  • Rights License: copyright
  • Rights Holder: Rusnak, Christina S.
  • Rights Statement: Copyright is held by the author, unless otherwise noted. All rights reserved.

Resource Type

  • Thesis or Dissertation


  • Text


  • OCLC: 680653199
  • UNT Catalog No.: b3875911
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc28472


  • Degree Name: Master of Arts
  • Degree Level: Master's
  • Degree Discipline: Music Composition
  • Academic Department: College of Music
  • Degree Grantor: University of North Texas