Document Type



Master of Music (MM)



First Advisor's Name

Orlando Garcia

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee chair

Second Advisor's Name

Jacob Sudol

Second Advisor's Committee Title

Committee member

Third Advisor's Name

Joel Galand

Third Advisor's Committee Title

Committee member


composition, composers, orchestra, chamber orchestra, black composers, black music, african american music, african american composers

Date of Defense



This thesis consists of a large composition for chamber orchestra titled Brown Eyes, Black Magic and an accompanying analytical paper. The piece, approximately twelve minutes long, is a tribute to women of color in America. The title pays homage to the “Black Girl Magic” campaign that CaShawn Thompson founded in 2013 to empower women of color by highlighting their achievements in different fields (Wilson 2016). Although the piece is not programmatic, I tried to create a mysterious sound world, in which the listener focuses on the beauty of ever-shifting sonic colors. The composition explores musical texture and timbre, and is influenced by the works of Orlando Jacinto Garcia, Georg Friederich Haas, Krzysztof Penderecki, Arnold Schoenberg, and Anton Webern.



2017.03.27 Brown Eyes, Black Magic - Full Score.pdf (472 kB)
Brown Eyes, Black Magic Score

Marcus Norris Thesis Recital Program.pdf (401 kB)
Marcus Norris Thesis Recital Program - March 26, 2017

the same rain..mp3 (12951 kB)
the same rain for piano & electronics recording 3/26/2017

Peace in Pain.mp3 (18332 kB)
Peace in Pain for guitar & cello recording 3/26/2017

SAVAGE.mp3 (32433 kB)
SAVAGE for percussion & electronics recording 3/26/2017

You Haven't Said a Word.mp3 (12512 kB)
You Haven't Said a Word for cello & electronics recording 3/26/2017

You Would Too.mp3 (17179 kB)
You Would Too for piano, flute, viola recording 3/26/2017



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