|dc.contributor.author||Johnson, Richard W., 1978-||eng
|dc.description||Title from PDF of title page, viewed on March 9, 2015||eng
|dc.description||Thesis advisor: James Mobberley||eng
|dc.description||Dissertation (D.M.A)--Conservatory of Music and Dance. University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2012||eng
|dc.description.abstract||Quaerere Sententias (“search for meaning”) is a collection of pieces composed
for soloists, digital audio, and video. The first set, Quaerere Sententias I, is comprised of
three pieces: Introit, for trumpet; Hiram, for clarinet; and Musashi, for flute.
Each piece in Quaerere Sententias is concerned with an historic example of an
individual or culture’s pursuit of purpose and related ontological ideas. Through
presenting these concepts literally and abstractly in the medium of electroacoustic music
and video, the meaning of associated cultural symbols is also explored.
Introit serves as a prologue to Quaerere Sententias I. Musical material is drawn
from the melody of L’homme armé, just as composers of Renaissance masses employed
the same to derive their material. The music evokes a sacred soundscape, as the video
presents a sketched space based on Saint Gatien’s Cathedral in Tours. Tours served as
the home to Burgundian composer Antoine Busnois, whose Missa L’homme armé was
highly inspirational in the creation of Introit.
Hiram takes its title from Hiram Bingham III, whose writings and photographs
are featured in the video. Bingham’s search for Machu Picchu is the narrative focus behind the piece, as is the sense of purpose derived from the uncovering of an ancient
civilization. Simultaneously, Hiram is concerned with the mysteries of Incan ontology,
lost to time even as Quechua people populate the Andes today.
The musical material of Hiram is influenced by Andean traditions such as the
huanyo. Samples of Peruvian instruments, including zampoña, qena, and cajón, are
featured in the fixed part.
Musashi is inspired by Go Rin No Sho, a treatise on strategy by the legendary
ronin swordsman Miyamoto Musashi. The musical material is inspired by Honshirabe, a
staple of shakuhachi repertoire. Throughout the piece, the fixed part is derived from
samples of taiko and shakuhachi, the metallic clash and scrape of swords, and a reading
of the Fudō-myōō sutra, creating a soundscape to parallel Musashi’s blend of Zen
spirituality with merciless violence. Elements of taiko performance are also influential—
particularly oroshi, a gesture in which the interval between events is reduced over time.||eng
|dc.description.tableofcontents||Abstract -- Technical and performance notes -- Program notes -- Introit -- Hiram -- Musashi -- Vita||eng
|dc.format.extent||1 electronic resource (score (xi, 24 pages)||eng
|dc.publisher||University of Missouri--Kansas City||eng
|dc.subject||Clarinet, electro-acoustic, electronic, Flute, Trumpet, video||eng
|dc.title||Quaerere Sententias I||eng
|thesis.degree.discipline||Music Composition (UMKC)||eng
|thesis.degree.grantor||University of Missouri--Kansas City||eng