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"enchanted days" for chamber ensemble: Some Considerations and Analysis

Livengood, Kerrith Joy Quigley (2007) "enchanted days" for chamber ensemble: Some Considerations and Analysis. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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enchanted days, for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano and percussion represents the largest and stylistically most advanced composition of mine to date. The piece centers on the fulfillment and denial of perfect consonances (the octave and unison), in such a way that the various instrument pairings and doublings develop dramatic characters, and eventually create their own "rules" that describe the context for the uses of consonance and dissonance. These rules—centered around the three concepts of unity, unexpectedness, and drama—create transformations of the two large categories of material, which can be roughly described as triadic harmonies with "wrong notes" added, contrasted with tone clusters relating to Major and minor seconds. A sense of humor enters the piece as part of these transformations; however, by the end, not only have the roles of various instruments changed, they have been compromised almost to reversal—a compromise that is somber and resigned. This reversal applies not only to the instrumental "characters", but to the relationship between D and C#, the crucial notes of the work.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Livengood, Kerrith Joy Quigleykjl15@pitt.eduKJL15
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairRosenblum, Mathewrosenblu@pitt.eduROSENBLU
Committee MemberWilliams, Amyamywill@pitt.eduAMYWILL
Committee MemberMoe, Ericemoe@pitt.eduEMOE
Committee MemberZahab, Rogerrzahab@pitt.eduRZAHAB
Date: 8 June 2007
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 19 April 2007
Approval Date: 8 June 2007
Submission Date: 21 April 2007
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: chamber music; composition; humor; music
Other ID:, etd-04212007-222339
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:40
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:41


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