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Master of Music




Dr. Paul Frehner


Garden Theatre is a fifteen-minute piece for voices and chamber ensemble, which sets to music two poems by William Carlos Williams entitled Daisy and Queen Anne’s Lace. This piece is divided into two scenes (movements), each comprising three distinct sections. Garden Theatre will combine allusions to early music elements such as forms and methods of motivic development with a modern music aesthetic.

In Garden Theatre there are four main pitch collections from which pitch material is derived. Continuity is promoted throughout the work by using many large and small-scale inter-referential elements such as recurring instrumental textures, pitch structures and thematic material. Garden Theatre also explores varying degrees of distinction between background and foreground. The utilization of a variety of vocal techniques and styles is a focal point of Garden Theatre.

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