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The title of this composition, Forge, is based on two distinct applications of the word. First, it represents the compositional process of combining and balancing the relationships of a handful of originally separate musical ideas into a single work. The style of these sources includes influences from Olivier Messiaen, Igor Stravinsky, and the romantic orchestral tradition. The second meaning relates, metaphorically, to that of a blacksmith's forge, pertaining to the "heated" and fast writing style of my compositional process for this particular piece. This one movement orchestral work grows from the cycle of harmonically lush chords, which provide the foundation for facilitation and development of other materials up to the final resolution.
A Thesis submitted to the College of Music in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Music.
Includes bibliographical references.
Ladislav Kubik, Professor Directing Thesis; Clifton Callender, Committee Member; Mark Wingate, Committee Member.
Florida State University
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