Two symphonic movements
Master of Music
Two Symphonic Movements is an orchestral work dealing with the concepts of growth, contrast, and symmetry. Each thematic presentation in the work allows the two major motivic ideas to interact and evolve in such a way that both of the orchestral movements become inseparable. The fact that the thematic material appears throughout the entire piece while being presented in different forms provides for both unity and variety. The first movement begins slowly and quietly with a presentation of the primary theme of the work. Once this theme is varied, it becomes the major thematic material of the fast and energetic second movement. Both movements make considerable use of rhythmically active tone clusters, which represent the horizontal presentation of the vertically chromatic primary motives. Finally, the work achieves its climactic moment near the close of the second movement when the primary themes of both movements appear simultaneously with a series of rapidly repeating tone clusters.