Breaking Through: A Composition for Symphony Orchestra Metadata

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  • Main Title Breaking Through: A Composition for Symphony Orchestra


  • Author: Dribus, John Alexander
    Creator Type: Personal


  • Chair: Rovan, Joseph
    Contributor Type: Personal
    Contributor Info: Major Professor
  • Committee Member: Brothers, Lester
    Contributor Type: Personal
    Contributor Info: Minor Professor
  • Committee Member: McTee, Cindy
    Contributor Type: Personal


  • Name: University of North Texas
    Place of Publication: Denton, Texas


  • Creation: 2002-08
  • Digitized: 2007-07-13


  • English


  • Content 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.


  • Library of Congress Subject Headings: Orchestral music -- Scores.
  • Keyword: symphony
  • Keyword: consonance
  • Keyword: palindrome


  • Name: UNT Theses and Dissertations
    Code: UNTETD


  • Name: UNT Libraries
    Code: UNT


  • Rights Access: unt
  • Rights License: copyright
  • Rights Holder: Dribus, John Alexander
  • Rights Statement: Copyright is held by the author, unless otherwise noted. All rights reserved.

Resource Type

  • Thesis or Dissertation


  • Text


  • OCLC: 50852561
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc3186


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