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The Homonculus Cycle: A Compositional Examination of Poetic, Narrative, and Musical Meaning
This compositional thesis is a song cycle for baritone voice and small ensemble of upright bass, violin, and steel-string guitar, based on the poem “Homonculus” by MacKenzie Regier. In Part 1, I explore several sources ...
Non-Isochronous Meter: A Study of Cross cultural practice, analytic technique, and implications for jazz pedagogy
This dissertation examines the use of non-isochronous (NI) meters in jazz compositional and performative practices (meters as comprised of cycles of a prime number [e.g., 5, 7, 11] or uneven divisions of non-prime cycles ...
Russian Folk Traditions in Contemporary Musical Literature for Winds
This dissertation performs analyses of and compositions in three musical traditions that have received little attention in the English-speaking literature: Russian vocal folk polyphony (as described by theorist Aleksandr ...
Compositions Inspired By David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest
This thesis is a collection of seven jazz compositions that are based on, or otherwise inspired by, David Foster Wallace's novel Infinite Jest. The compositions attempt to engage the novel in a way that makes use of the ...