Type of Document Dissertation Author Vollen, Guy James URN etd-09042003-184312 Title Carnival Of Souls: A Symphony For Winds, Percussion, Harps And Low Strings Degree Doctor of Philosophy Department Music, School of Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Ladislav Kubik Committee Chair James Croft Committee Member James Mathes Committee Member Michelle Stebleton Committee Member Peter Spencer Committee Member Keywords
- Harps And Low Strings
- A Symphony For Winds
Date of Defense 2003-06-01 Availability unrestricted AbstractCarnival of Souls is a work in three movements with a brief prelude, played without break, approximately eighteen minutes in duration. It is scored for conventional wind band with added low strings, harps, and electronics.
The three movements were inspired by the three sections of Dante’s Divine Comedy and their respective moods: “Inferno,” “Purgatorio,” and “Paradiso.” The dramatic trajectory of
Carnival of Souls is a progression upwards from dark, heavy textures representing spiritual
bondage to the bright and lyrical content of the third movement. The relationship between the
worldly--even sensual--materials of the beginning and the heavenly apotheosis of the end is more
complex than one of simple opposition. As in Dante’s poem, the most rarefied spiritual states
are tempered by references to lived human experience; the progression toward a reconciliation of
the musica mundana and musica humana is exemplified by the epigraphs of the first and third movements (below).
Believe me, ill will it go with mortal women in that heaven of which thou speakest if only the spirits be more fair, for their lords will never turn to look upon them, and their Heaven will become their Hell.
H. Rider Haggard, She
The creature whose substance is bliss is everywhere at home. All sounds, even to the
roaring of Lions, the screeching of the nightly Owls, the laments and groans of those
entrapped in Hell, are as sweet Musick to her. All odours, even to the foulest stench of
Corruption, are to her as the delight of roses and Lilies. All savours, even to the banquettable
of the Harpys of heathen lore, are as Sweet loaves and spiced Ale. Wandering at noon through the Waste-Places of the world, it seems to her she is refreshed by Canopies of flocking Angels. . . . Thrust a keen Sword-blade through her and it will seem as a fountain of Divine and Pure pleasure.
Jane Lead, The Wonders of God’s Creation
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