Type of Document Dissertation Author Barry, James URN etd-08312003-192643 Title Desist For Orchestra Degree Doctor of Musical Arts Department Music, School of Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Ladislav Kubik Committee Chair Alex Jimènez Committee Member Mark Wingate Committee Member Peter Spencer Committee Member Keywords
- Seven Chord Progression
Date of Defense 2003-06-01 Availability restricted AbstractDesist is a ten minute work for orchestra. The instrumentation of the work is for a fairly standard orchestra: two flutes, two oboes, two Bb
clarinets, two bassoons, contrabassoon, four horns, three C trumpets, two tenor trombones, bass trombone, tuba, timpani, three percussionists, harp, piano, and strings.
The title of the work, Desist, means to cease doing something or to stop. This idea of closure is explored at the surface level of the definition
and on a personal level. Though, this by no means suggests a programmatic conception.
The sound world of Desist consists of two unifying elements; a seven chord progression and the opening sonority of the work. Each of these
elements are explored and developed to create new musical textures and melodic materials. The opening sonority (A, B, D#, E) is heard throughout
the piece in different musical textures, transpositions, voicings, and scorings until it is finally resolved to its tendency tone at the end of the work.
Formally the work is a single, through composed movement which can be broken down into six sections; fast, faster, very slow, slow, fast, fast.
This arrangement of fast, slow, fast creates the effect of a three movement form. Related to this structure a dramatic curve can be paralleled. The
opening fast sections are dissonant and tense, the slow music plaintive and fragile, the closing fast music uplifting and animated which changes to
a solemn, reflective character similar to the opening music, to bookend the composition.
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