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Fear of Entropy, for Orchestra

Ogburn, James Joseph (2006) Fear of Entropy, for Orchestra. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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In this essay, I discuss the structure of my orchestral work Fear of Entropy (2005). Through phrase analysis, I establish the form of the work and address the distinctions between disparate sections, as well as address the function of repetition within the piece. By analyzing the harmonic and contrapuntal structures of individual sections I reveal pitch-based commonalities and distinctions between these sections and account for these factors according to form and texture. This analysis also yields normative patterns internal to the work (such as anticipated harmonic goals). I discuss how and why these norms are progressively subverted. By analyzing texture, I define the most obvious structural divisions of the piece. Through textural analysis, I also identify progressive alterations to texture, timbre, and pitch that increasingly serve to obscure the foundational harmony. I discuss how these processes eventually subordinate pitch to other elements such as timbre.By detailing my compositional process through these methods of analysis, I demonstrate my disposition and innate tendencies. In the course of this study, I also identify sonorities that intuitively appeal to me. In addition, I uncover a subconscious proclivity on my part towards pitch-based unification of texturally distinct materials within a large work.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Ogburn, James
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairWIlliams,
Committee MemberMoe,
Committee MemberRosenblum, Matthewrosenblu@pitt.eduROSENBLU
Date: 27 June 2006
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 13 April 2006
Approval Date: 27 June 2006
Submission Date: 19 April 2006
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Music
Degree: MA - Master of Arts
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: arch form; background; cadence; cadences; canon; canonic; canonically; Central Park in the Dark; chromatic descent; cluster chord; coda; composer; composition; consonance; consonant; counterpoint; Crumb; de-tuned; de-tuning; dissonance; dissonant; dominant; doubling; doublings; dynamics; foreground; functional harmonies; functional harmony; fundamental; harmonic series; homophonic; homophony; interval; intervallic; Ives; layer; layers; metric displacement; microtonal; microtone; microtones; music; music theory; orchestra; orchestration; ostinato; overtone; overtone series; partial; partials; polyphonic; polyphony; pulse; reductive; register; registral; secondary dominant; Star-child; tonal; tonal resolution; tonality; tonic; transposition; transpositionally; triad; triadic; triads; voice-leading
Other ID:, etd-04192006-121338
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:39
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:41


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