Musica Caelestis (original Composition)

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Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.)


This one movement composition for orchestra and mixed chorus has its philosophical basis in the posited theory that musical tradition of East and West emanated from a common origin. One tradition, that of the Orient, was maintained to the present without radical alteration, while the other tradition, that of the Occident, underwent a process of continual change.Within this work is the extensive use of serial technique which serves the dual function of the organization of musical materials as well as providing what I believe to be a connection between the two aural practices. The compositional process utilizes such devices as spatial notation, varying degrees of improvisation, and time measurements by way of minutes and seconds. These are analogs to an additive approach as that heard today in the countries of India and Japan, where notes are combined into irregular rhythmic groupings. Elements divisive in nature which are characteristics of western musical tradition contrast with the above in their general adherence to a regular metric framework. These include symmetrical groupings of meter, cyclical time frames, and the use of dynamic accents derived from regular rhythmic accentuation.Conventional musical features defined as the common practice of countries such as Java, Tibet, India, and Japan are combined with their European counterparts to produce a unified composition representative of the composers' philosophic world view of music.



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