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Degree

Master of Music

Program

Music

Supervisor(s)

Omar Daniel

Abstract

Sophie is a music drama that follows a young retired theatre actress as she talks to reporters about her family and career. As the story unfolds Sophie’s life transforms from a cheerful illusion to a brutal reality where nothing is as it seems. The listener gets a first row seat to the innermost corners of the protagonist’s mind as she journeys through self awareness. The music transforms from the modal center of the Lydian scale to the more chromatic and diminished tones of the Octatonic scale. Each character’s theme undergoes alterations from the pitch center that portrays stability to the one that creates unsteadiness in the character. But this instability comes not from a fall to madness, but rather from the uncovering of the truth. As Sophie becomes saner she falls apart.


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