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dc.contributor.advisor Al-Zand, Karim
dc.creatorMorris, Benjamin Jacob
dc.date.accessioned 2017-08-01T18:52:25Z
dc.date.available 2017-08-01T18:52:25Z
dc.date.created 2017-05
dc.date.issued 2017-04-17
dc.date.submitted May 2017
dc.identifier.citation Morris, Benjamin Jacob. "Subterranean Ecosystem - A Work for Chamber Orchestra." (2017) Master’s Thesis, Rice University. https://hdl.handle.net/1911/96123.
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1911/96123
dc.description.abstract Subterranean Ecosystem is a 6-minute work for chamber orchestra (2.2.2.2. / 2.2.1. / 2 perc. harp, celesta, strings) intended as a lively concert-opening work. The piece is influenced by the sound of the jazz “big band” and inspired by Mathew Borrett and M.C. Escher’s drawings of imaginary underground cities. Reflecting the layering and depth of Borrett and Escher’s drawings, Subterranean Ecosystem begins with an alternation of high and low musical material; a gesture in the low strings and brass, written in parallel tenths, is juxtaposed with a high repeated figure in the woodwinds, harp, vibraphone, and celeste. This alternation opens up to a melodic figure led by the English horn and fleshed out in the remaining reeds. Following some melodic development is a section of suspended, twinkling music with hints of the initial tenths gesture in the low strings. The piece gradually loses energy, as if submerging into a mysterious cave. Finally, the opening music returns in pizzicato strings, a ghost of its former self.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.subjectChamber Orchestra, Composition
dc.title Subterranean Ecosystem - A Work for Chamber Orchestra
dc.date.updated 2017-08-01T18:52:25Z
dc.type.genre Thesis
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thesis.degree.department Music
thesis.degree.discipline Music
thesis.degree.grantor Rice University
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.name Master of Music
thesis.degree.major Composition


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