Master of Music (MM)
First Advisor's Name
Dr. Joel Galand
First Advisor's Committee Title
Second Advisor's Name
Dr. Orlando Garcia
Second Advisor's Committee Title
Third Advisor's Name
Dr. Jacob Sudol
Third Advisor's Committee Title
Fourth Advisor's Name
Dr. David Dolata
Fourth Advisor's Committee Title
Date of Defense
STF is a large ensemble work in three movements: "Fatwa," "Hitchens," and "Albino Sex." It is scored for piano, double bass, cello, viola, violin, French horn, clarinet in Bb, bass clarinet in Bb, flute, baritone, tenor, alto, soprano, narrator, and electronics. Its underlying concept is how religious worldviews can collide with freedom of speech, atheism, and fundamental human rights. In extreme cases, zealots will interpret disease as evidence of divine intervention or even demand the death of blasphemers. The text in the first movement, “Fatwa,” expresses freedom of speech and incorporates passages from Salman Rushdie’s “The Satanic Verses.” The second movement, “Hitchens,” centers on atheism and incorporates two audio excerpts from Christopher Hitchens’s lecture at the 2009 Festival of Dangerous Ideas. In the final movement, “Albino Sex,” I construct a narrative using media headlines, paraphrased biblical verses, and my own text to depict the human rights crisis during the 1980s A.I.D.S. epidemic. Various organizational approaches to text and pitch distinguish one movement from the other; the three movements cohere through unifying devices that I draw from set theory.
Kong, Gilbert, "STF" (2015). FIU Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 2307.
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