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  • A Night at the Opera: Performance, Theatricality, and Identity in the Music of Queen 

    Odell, Grace Kate (University of Missouri -- Kansas City, 2019)
    Many discussions of the rock band Queen (vocalist Freddie Mercury, guitarist Brian May, drummer Roger Taylor, and bassist John Deacon) reference their theatricality, yet few analyze what makes Queen’s music and ...
  • The Otaku Lifestyle: Examining Soundtracks in the Anime Canon 

    Jurkiewicz, MIchelle (University of Missouri -- Kansas City, 2019)
    Japanese animation, or anime, has been popular around the globe for the last sixty years. Anime has its own fan culture in the United States known as otaku, or the obsessive lifestyle surrounding manga and anime, which ...
  • Scissors for Orchestra 

    Chung, Jiyoun (University of Missouri -- Kansas City, 2019)
    As a composer originally from South Korea who favors Western musical languages as a medium for composition, it has always been my passion to create works that integrate my Korean culture in some way. Sometimes I combine ...
  • Daughter of Bird and Earth 

    Yan, Yiguo (University of Missouri -- Kansas City, 2019)
    The single movement symphonic poem Daughter of Bird and Earth draws its inspiration from my own long poem in modern Chinese, The Resurrection of Poems, which narrates an imaginary woman’s life journey, both internally and ...
  • A Remedy for Death For Mixed Ensemble 

    Shum, Chi Wing Natalie (University of Missouri -- Kansas City, 2018)
    A Remedy for Death is a three-movement composition for mixed ensemble, which is inspired by the love of God in the bible. The first movement, “The Fall of Man”, is based on the book of Genesis chapter ...
  • Piper in the Woods: An opera in one act 

    Stevenson, Benjamin Joel (University of Missouri -- Kansas City, 2018)
    “Piper in the Woods” is a one act opera for six principal singers plus SATB chorus, along with an ensemble of nine instrumentalists. The piece is based on a short story of the same name by Philip K. Dick. First published ...
  • The Nightingale and the Rose: Chamber Opera in Two Acts 

    Brake, Anna Laurel (University of Missouri -- Kansas City, 2018)
    I chose Oscar Wilde’s short story, The Nightingale and the Rose (about a nightingale who sacrifices her life to create a red rose for love), for my opera for its fantasy, wit, and expectation-defying tropes. This ...
  • Suite for the Passersby 

    Butera, Christina (University of Missouri -- Kansas City, 2018)
    This work is a suite of seven pieces for solo instruments (bass clarinet, cello, french horn, clarinet, piano, and two works for soprano) and interactive electronics and one piece for fixed electronics, designed for ...
  • Protest and Survive: A Brief History and Analysis of the Politics of Punk 

    Henry, Dillon Patrick (University of Missouri -- Kansas City, 2018)
    Politics are an important aspect of most punk music, and many authors, avoiding concrete description, paint the genre with a nebulous left-ish brush. This, however, is insufficient at explaining how and why the genre ...
  • Romantic Tributes to Beethoven, Beloveds, and a Friendship Forged, Lost, and Regained: Schumann’s Fantasie, Op. 17 and Liszt’s B-minor Sonata, S. 178 

    Chen, Li-Hsin (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2018)
    Robert Schumann’s Fantasie in C Major, Op. 17 (1836-38) and Liszt’s Sonata in B Minor, S. 178 (1853) are generally regarded as among each composer’s greatest works for solo piano and are included in pianists’ “must-play” ...
  • For whom the bell tolls for flute (piccolo), soprano saxophone (alto saxophone), percussion, and piano 

    Yin, Hao (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2018)
    This piece is inspired by "Meditation XVII”, a poem written by John Donne in 1624. It appears in Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions and Seuerall Steps in my Sicknes. The opening line is: "PERCHANCE he for whom this ...
  • forsan et haec olim meminisse iuvabit 

    Strawbridge, Adam J. (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2018)
    This quartet features a transparent structure in which a dense, static ensemble motif gradually and smoothly transforms into a highly active and agitated counter-motif. This process repeats twice: with each iteration, ...
  • Temporal and harmonic concerns in the music of Robert Carl 

    Morel, Daniel Eric (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2018)
    Robert Carl is a composer-critic based in Hartford, Connecticut. His hyphenated career has involved creating, teaching, and commenting on music for the latter half of the twentieth century up to the present. Initially ...
  • Teaching Undergraduate Music Theory Through World Music 

    Gianakon, Hong Hong (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2018)
    Living in an era of highly networked technology, twenty-first century musicians have the advantage of accessing music from all over the world with just a few taps on their electronic devices. They are fascinated by ...
  • Concerto for Two Horns and Orchestra 

    Morel, Daniel Eric (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2018)
    This concerto for two horns and orchestra is a 25-minute work for two virtuoso horn players and full-size orchestra. The work draws on images of the Rocky Mountains and Western United States. Three movements depict a ...
  • Three Portraits of Pipa – for pipa and orchestra 

    Gianakon, Hong Hong (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2018)
    Three Portraits of Pipa is a three movement concerto for pipa, a traditional Chinese plucked-string instrument that has a history of more than 2000 years in China. The large variety of timbres of the pipa gives the ...
  • The Seventh Sun For Orchestra 

    Ketjuntra, Arsid (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2018)
    In this work I have created sounds to represent a series of events that signify the apocalypse in Buddhism, the day that seven suns appear in the sky. It is said to bring about the end of this old, present world. No ...
  • Material Evidence 

    Landon, David Paul (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2018)
    Material evidence is a twelve-and-a-half minute long work for twenty-two musicians and electronics. The main inspiration for the work came as a combination of scientific research in the field of music cognition and ...
  • The Musical Education and Involvement of the Six Wives of Henry VIII 

    Little, Brooke Catherine (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2017)
    The first half of sixteenth-century England was a land permeated by religious upheaval and political instability. Despite being a land fraught with discord, it was a time of great advances in education, theology, and ...
  • Concerto for Tenor Saxophone and Wind Ensemble 

    Baker, Dylan Arthur (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2017)
    I wrote CONCERTO FOR TENOR SAXOPHONE AND WIND ENSEMBLE in the tradition of the grand concerti of the nineteenth century, but incorporating a modern sense of harmony and rhythm. The spirit of the piece is very in the ...

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