Some of the material in is restricted to members of the community. By logging in, you may be able to gain additional access to certain collections or items. If you have questions about access or logging in, please use the form on the Contact Page.
Illusions: Three Songs for Baritone and Ensemble (2004) is a set of three songs based on the poetry of Walt Whitman and Ralph Waldo Emerson. The piece is scored for clarinet, violin, horn, baritone, piano, and two percussionists. Each song presents slightly different perspectives on illusions and reflects on the contradiction between illusions and reality. A variety of compositional techniques are employed to create the atmosphere surrounding the specific perspective of each song. In As if a Phantom Caress?d Me subtle shifts in texture and timbre support the changing emotional and psychological states of the protagonist. In contrast, Memory evokes dream-like illusions and the intense bias of the human will away from these vanishing ?memories.? The last song, Illusions, mirrors the powerful struggle of the human attempt to resolve the contradiction. In the end, the greatest illusion is the self-delusion that one possesses the capacity to do so.
A Thesis submitted to the School of Music in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Music.
Includes bibliographical references.
Ladislav Kubik, Professor Directing Dissertation; Mark Wingate, Committee Member; Peter Spencer, Committee Member.
Florida State University
Use and Reproduction
This Item is protected by copyright and/or related rights. You are free to use this Item in any way that is permitted by the copyright and related rights legislation that applies to your use. For other uses you need to obtain permission from the rights-holder(s). The copyright in theses and dissertations completed at Florida State University is held by the students who author them.