Document Type



Master of Music (MM)



First Advisor's Name

Orlando Garcia

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair/Major Professor

Second Advisor's Name

Joel Galand

Third Advisor's Name

David Dolata


Cello, Concerto, Eclectic Compositions

Date of Defense



This thesis consists of a large composition for violoncello and orchestra, together with an analytical paper in which I discuss my compositional techniques and some of their historical antecedents. The composition draws on the genres of imaginary musical theater, the symphonic poem, and the concerto. It was also inspired by the story of Hermes, the messenger god from Greek mythology. While the myth partially informs the compositional structure, the work is ultimately meant to showcase the versatility of the cello, the coloristic range of the orchestra (in some cases emulating the orchestral styles of previous composers), the balance of cello and orchestra together, and the eclectic invocation of many compositional techniques separately and simultaneously. These techniques encompass set theory (the use of unordered pitch collections), polytonality, and serialism. It is composed in a post-romantic style.



FINAL RECITAL PROGRAM (March 3, 2014).doc (67 kB)
Recital Program, March 3, 2014

Trouvant l'amen.mp3 (8489 kB)
Recital Piece: Trouvant l'amen (for Pipe Organ)

To Be of Use.mp3 (10651 kB)
Recital Piece: To Be of Use (for Soprano and Grand Piano)

Three Scenes from Rudyard Kipling.mp3 (13151 kB)
Recital Piece: Three Scenes from Rudyard Kipling (for Bass Clarinet and Percussion)

Ich sah Dachau.mp3 (11529 kB)
Recital Piece: Ich sah Dachau (for Viola and Electronics)

Psalms.wav (188694 kB)
Recital Piece: Psalms (for Chamber Ensemble)

Hermes ( ETD Full Score).pdf (1633 kB)



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