Document Type



Master of Music (MM)



First Advisor's Name

Orlando Jacinto Garcia

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Jacob Sudol

Third Advisor's Name

David Dolata


Zoroaster, Zoroastrianism, Cosmology, Chaos, Cosmos, Music, Composition, Trelease, Druj, Orchestra

Date of Defense



Druj Aeterni is a large chamber ensemble piece for flute, clarinet, French horn, two trumpets, piano, two percussionists, string quintet, and electric bass. My composition integrates three intellectual pursuits and interests, ancient mythology, cosmology, and mathematics. The title of the piece uses Latin and the language of the Avesta, the holy book of Zoroastrianism, and comments upon a philosophical perspective based in string theory. I abstract the cosmological implications of string theory, apply them to the terminology and theology of Zoroastrianism, and then structure the composition in consideration of a possible reconciliation. The analysis that follows incorporates analytical techniques similar to David Cope’s style of Vectoral Analysis.




The recital recording and score in C are attached as additional files.

Druj Aeterni.pdf (1022 kB)
Score in C

Recital-Program-Trelease edit 2.doc (46 kB)
Master Recital Program

Frozen Departures.mp3 (18726 kB)
Brainscape.mp3 (21764 kB)
Poeme Premier.mp3 (5344 kB)
Megaflex.mp3 (15609 kB)



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