The Heritage for Orchestra
The title of my dissertation is The heritage for orchestra. This work is a tonal piece and takes about 8 minutes. The work is a variation with 9 short sections using the second section as its theme. The first section is named Prologue and the eighth section is named Finale, which gives a clear structure of where the work starts and where it ends. The last part, Epilogue features all the characteristics that can be found in the previous parts. The heritage is symmetrically made up of pairs of two sections: the first Prologue section and the third Adagio arioso section, the second Con brio and the fourth Con affetto section, the fifth Espressivo section and the seventh Giocoso section, and finally the sixth Agilmente and the eighth Finale section. Each pair is tied with a musical unity such as orchestration, tempo, texture, etc. The orchestration of this work is mainly focused on achieving overall unity rather than showing individual characteristics of each section. Thus sections are paired in order to express the symmetrical structure. The orchestration of this work is varied by the role of the string, woodwind, and brass sections. For the Prologue and Adagio sections, woodwinds and strings are used as one instrument to play the main melody of the work without sharing any role. Each instrument is being played alternately to be able to distinguish each sound of the instruments in the Con brio and Con affetto section. Woodwinds play the main melody accompanied by strings in the Espressivo and Giocoso section, and strings' tremolos are used in both sections. The orchestrational connection shows clearly from the beginning of the Agilmente and Finale section. For the Agilmente section, woodwinds play a role to build the foundation of the work and strings fill the rest. The Finale reverses these roles so that the strings build the foundation of the work and woodwinds fill the rest. Brasses take over the melody after the middle of the both sections. Second, regarding the texture of the work, the Prologue and Adagio arioso section has a homophonic texture, while the Con brio and Con affetto sections use alternately a monophonic texture as well as imitation between groupings of instruments. The Espressivo and Giocoso sections are monophonic, and all of the three textures such as monophonic, homophonic, and polyphonic textures all can be found in the Agilmente and Finale sections. Lastly, concerning the tempo of the work, each pair is connected in a certain way: the Con brio section is in 4/4 (♩=m.m 100) while the Con affetto section is in 6/8 (♩.=m.m 50). The Espressive section is in 6/8 (♩.=m.m 43) with the Giocoso section in 2/4 (♩=m.m 86). The Agilmente section is in 4/4 (♩= m.m 70-80) while the Finale section is in 4/4 (♩= m.m 70-80).
heritage, orchestra, orchestration, symmetrical, texture, variation
April 17, 2015.
A Dissertation submitted to the College of Music in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Music.
Includes bibliographical references.
Ladislav Kubik, Professor Directing Dissertation; James Mathes, University Representative; Mark Wingate, Committee Member; Clifton Callender, Committee Member.
Florida State University
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