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As a native of Taiwan, Szu-Yu Chen often combines influences from western and eastern culture in her music. In her compositions, the charm of Chinese music shimmers on the surface, while the foundation resonates with European and American influence. Sinfonietta, Szu-Yu’s first orchestral undertaking, is a work that holds true to that ideal. While composing Sinfonietta, the influence of Szu-Yu’s childhood exposure to ancient Chinese poetry fueled her imagination, and helped to shape the piece’s overall character. The warrior battling far from home; the wise, but lonely, philosopher; the breathtaking beauty of the lady; and the defiant poet. Each movement is imbued with the essence of these characters, while the structure of the work remains within the boundaries of a traditional symphony.
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 Kubík, Professor Directing Dissertation; Gregory Sauer, University Representative; Clifton Callender, Committee Member; Mark Wingate, Committee Member; Evan Jones, Committee Member.
Florida State University
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