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  • Music From the Mountain For Di and Orchestra 

    Yun, Lu (2014)
    After studying abroad, I have started my research on the comparison between the western and the traditional Chinese orchestras. The idea of forming the traditional Chinese orchestra came from the influence of the "Total ...
  • 364 Days: Suite for Jazz Orchestra 

    Chapman, Jonathan Eric (2014)
    364 Days: Suite for Jazz Orchestra was composed for a standard seventeen-piece (5/4/4/4) jazz orchestra. The suite is comprised of five pieces- And I Think of You; Goodnight; What Ifs; 364 Days; The Dreamer and The Realist ...
  • Characters in Theatre for Orchestra 

    Wang, Amao (2016)
    Beijing Opera is a form of traditional Chinese theater that combines singing, reciting, performing, acrobatics acting, and instrumental accompanying, along with rich face make-up, costume and stage setting. I applied ...
  • an Aid in the Process 

    Winter, Zane (2016)
    an Aid in the Process is a work featuring an unusual orchestral configuration, making use of two distinct groups, each with their own conductor. Programmatically, the work addresses aid in-dying legislation and contemporary ...
  • Melodic Conventions through Improvisation 

    Carmona, Taylor Mar (2016)
    The study of the common melodic units in western music — motives and phrase and period models — begins with a solid understanding of the fundamentals of music. At the same time, a solid understanding of the fundamentals ...
  • Influence, Innovation, and Structure: Modernist Evaluative Criteria in the Reception Histories of Charles Ives and Jean Sibelius 

    Stout, Andrew Howard (2016)
    In 1987, Maynard Solomon published an article titled “Charles Ives: Some Questions of Veracity,” which challenged the priority and probity of Charles Ives’s technical innovations and ignited a scholarly firestorm. ...
  • Clear Sound for Clarinet and Orchestra 

    Stevenson, Benjamin Joel (2016)
    Clear Sound is the opening movement of a larger three movement concerto for solo clarinet and orchestra being written for clarinetist and conductor Luis Viquez Cordoba. I set out to compose a traditionally structured ...
  • Settings of the Sabbath 

    Fellman, Katie (2016)
    Settings of the Sabbath is a piece written for large ensemble and SATB choir. The Sabbath is a sacred time for Jews that starts sundown Friday night and ends at sundown Saturday night. It is a time for reflection, ...
  • Nicodemus! The Beds are Burning Again: The Ascension of Gorgomath 

    Miller, Michael Brian (2016)
    Nicodemus! The Beds are Burning Again: The Ascension of Gorgomath is a 22-minute concerto for piano and chamber orchestra that explores the use of narrative as a means of unifying disparate musical languages into a ...
  • The Battle of Westport: Along Union Lines A Chamber Work With Electronics and Narration in Eight Movements 

    Lynn, Brian Arthur (2016)
    The Battle of Westport: Along Union Lines is an eight-movement chamber piece for 12 instruments (3 woodwinds, 3 brass, 1 percussion, string quintet), electronics and narration. Live audio has been captured at eight of the ...
  • Mock Trial! 

    Liu, Elbert, 1988- (2016)
    Mock Trial is a work for wind ensemble. It is inspired by proceedings common to debates and courtroom sessions, where multiple arguments are presented, examined and cross-examined. As a parody, the work pokes fun at the ...
  • Heartbeat for Orchestra 

    Ma, Qingnan (2016)
    Heartbeat is a work for orchestra inspired by our heart, which starts from the day we are born. My work is concerned with both the abstract representation of the heartbeat in graph form, and also the emotional expressions ...
  • The Footsteps Die Out For Ever (2016) for narrator, drum set, and orchestra 

    Harbison, Andrew J. (2016)
    A Tale of Two Cities, serialized in weekly and monthly installments and finally published as a single volume in November 1859, is one of Charles Dickens’s best-loved and most-analyzed novels. In The Footsteps Die Out ...
  • Till Coffee Do Us Part 

    Chittum, John Rupert (2016)
    Till Coffee Do Us Part is a chamber opera scored for two violins, cello, electronics,  soprano, and tenor. The opera was written as a part of Black House Collective’s and the  Kansas City Electronic Music and Arts Alli ...
  • Tsuki no Shirabe for flute and koto 

    Steele, Scott (2015)
    Tsuki no Shirabe was composed at the request of Jun Aita-san to commemorate her 60th birthday of her mother, Michiko Saito-san. I asked to compose music that is both reminiscent of Japanese music and aesthetics, and ...
  • Cryptogram (2011) for wind ensemble 

    Capp, Tyler Avis (2015)
    Cryptogram is a nine-minute, one-movement composition for wind ensemble that explores the use of embedded musical quotations to generate basic melodic, harmonic, and formal structures. In contrast to traditional quotation, ...
  • Press Start: Narrative Integration in 16-bit Video Game Music 

    Sextro, Justin Daniel (2015)
    Ever since Pong graced the screens of video arcades, one of the most influential interactions between technology and sound has been the video game console. Over the past decade, scholars have begun to recognize this ...
  • Redwall Symphonic Poem for Orchestra 

    Luetkemeyer, Joshua Kyle (2015-08-04)
    Redwall is programmatically based off of the Redwall book series by Brian Jacques. The story takes place in a medieval world where animals are given human characteristics. The protagonist, Martin, is a slave mouse who ...
  • Chamber Symphony 

    Kern, Joseph (2015-08-04)
    “Chamber Symphony” is a symphony for chamber orchestra (flute/piccolo, oboe/english horn, clarinet, bassoon, two horns in F, piano, and strings) and soprano. It is in a nesting doll structure. That is, there are increasingly ...
  • Darwin's Thought 

    Tam, Ka Shu (2015-07-28)
    It is difficult to describe accurately the bond between humans and society. Our current society is morphing at such a gradual pace that no one seems to notice many changes. Those changes, however, accumulate and in fact ...

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