Publication Date



Open access

Degree Type

Doctoral Essay

Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)


Music Theory and Composition (Music)

Date of Defense


First Committee Member

Dennis Kam - Committee Chair

Second Committee Member

Thomas M. Sleeper - Committee Member

Third Committee Member

Raul Murciano Jr. - Committee Member

Fourth Committee Member

Lansing McLoskey - Committee Member


The Ruination of Atlantis is an original ballet in thirteen movements composed for prerecorded media using sampled orchestral and other instruments. The purpose of this essay is to discuss the reasoning behind composing a work for a "virtual" instead of an actual orchestra followed by an analysis of the overall structure of the piece, analyses of the use of leitmotif throughout the work, and an analysis of the pitch, rhythmic, and harmonic material of the piece as a whole and each individual movement. The conclusion of this paper is a description of the concept of staging and performance of The Ruination of Atlantis.


MIDI; EastWest; Electronic Music