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Degree

Master of Music

Program

Music

Supervisor

Dr. Peter Paul Koprowski

Abstract

Mythologies: Three Tableaux for Flute, Harp, Strings and Percussion is a c. 12-minute composition that deals with the nature of ambience in music. Compositional procedures used in each tableau attempt to highlight acoustic and atmospheric idiosyncrasies within the instrumental ensemble. The first tableau is based on two melodic and harmonic motives which are systematically expanded through repetition and variation. The second tableau features a call and response between flute and harp in a dreamy and lyrical interlude. The third tableau develops material through a process of shifting harmonic and rhythmic textures to create a mosaic of ambient colour. Each tableau is named after one of the three original muses in Greek mythology: Meletē (Practice), Aiodē (Song) and Mnēmē (Memory).


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