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  • 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 ...
  • Bird-like: five scenes for sinfonietta (or chamber orchestra) 

    Ottum, Cooper Riley (2015-07-28)
    Bird-like is a continuous series of five musical scenes for sinfonietta, or, optionally, chamber orchestra (single winds, with a small string section). Each scene is inspired by the motions, behaviors, and physical ...
  • Excursus: Three Art Songs for Soprano and Flexible Media 

    Kauhl, Cody Lee (2015-07-28)
    Commissioned by coloratura soprano Mikaela Sullivan for performance in April 2014, Excursus explores the methods in which modern television broadcasting attempts to provide different facets of human desire, thus propagating ...
  • Three Images of the Vicissitude of Weather : a chamber orchestra 

    Kim, Sori (2015-05-27)
    Three Images of the Vicissitude of Weather is a piece for chamber orchestra and consists with three movements (Darkness Before a Storm, The Chaos, and One Fine Morning) by describing images of changing weather. The piece ...
  • Lapse of time, for flute, clarine, violin, cello, percussion and piano 

    Yang, Ming (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 3/10/2015)
    The inspiration for this piece came from some initial sounds in my mind. The music is combination of these sounds, which sometimes mix well and sometimes collide. In order to realize these sounds, I created three primary ...
  • MIGUEL MATEO DALLO Y LANA, MEXICAN BAROQUE COMPOSER: A FORGOTTEN TREASURE OF PUEBLA 

    Mims, Jeremy; Dallo y Lana, Miguel Mateo. Domine ad adjubandum me festina; Dallo y Lana, Miguel Mateo. Beatus vir (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2015-03-09)
    As research into the Mexican Baroque continues to expand, forgotten composers and their works are garnering deserved attention. Miguel Mateo Dallo y Lana (c. 1650-1705), who served as maestro de capilla [chapel master] at ...
  • QUAERERE SENTENTIAS I 

    Johnson, Richard W., 1978- (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2015-03-09)
    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 ...
  • CHILD’S PLAY: A COLLECTION OF THREE PIECES FOR INSTRUMENTS AND FIXED ELECTRONIC MEDIA 

    Bolte, Jason Lee, 1985- (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2015-03-09)
    "Child's Play" is a collection of three pieces for instruments and fixed electronic media inspired by the sounds of my daughter's toys. The first piece, "With My Eyes Shut" is for clarinet and fixed electronic media, the ...
  • Ms. Linto 

    Kuo, Kuan Chi (2014-09-30)
    Ms. Linto is inspired by a famous Taiwan legend called Ms. Linto. This story happened in Tainan. Linto who is a widow and raises three kinds alone, was tricked out of her life saving by a smooth talking handsome man, ACSi ...
  • Charles Mingus Played Bass?: Rediscovering a Jazz Soloist Through Transcription 

    Stinson, Andrew Williams (2014-09-30)
    Bassist and composer Charles Mingus (1922-1979) was one of jazz music's most influential and prolific artists. Both his instrumental and compositional abilities were highly regarded during his life, and remain so today. ...
  • Time, Unfolding 

    Chan, Chin Ting (2014-09-30)
    time, unfolding was written for performance in the 70th Annual Composers Conference at Wellesley College. It explores the slow unfolding of musical materials and how it affects our perception of musical time. The idea ...
  • Flourishes (2012.13) for chamber orchestra 

    Omiccioli, Nicholas Scott (2014-09-30)
    flourishes (2012.13) for chamber orchestra was composed for the Summer Music Institute at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Ontario. The title serves as a description for the active woodwind parts and large scale ...
  • Gumiho how I tried to give up eating human livers and love someone: an opera in two acts 

    Kim, Nahyun (2014-08-28)
    Gumiho (pronounced goo-mi-ho) is an opera based on an ancient Korean folktale about a 5,000 year old fox-monster with nine tails whose only source of nourishment is human livers. The complete opera will be in two acts ...
  • Fit to Live, a flexible form concerto for wind ensemble 

    Pulatie, Leah Sproul (2014-08-28)
    This work is a flexible form concerto for trumpet and wind ensemble. It consists of several fixed sections, or modules, that can be put together in several specific pre-determined ways to create various versions of the ...
  • Narong Prangcharoen and Thai cross-cultural fusion in contemporary composition 

    Chucherdwatanasak, Nathinee (2014-07-30)
    Narong Prangcharoen (b.1973) has become one of the leading Asian classical composers since he won a number of international awards and received numerous commissions from major orchestras and individual distinguished ...
  • Piano concerto for piano and full orchestra 

    Shao, Zheng (2014-07-29)
    The first movement of my Piano Concerto presents my unique methods of developing motives. There are two main motives that are used to construct almost all material in the piece. I also have two main methods of developing ...

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