In this paper I will explain the process and techniques that I used to write When Eyes are Closed, which I wrote in fulfillment of my MA in Composition at Mills College in Oakland, California. I will discuss my use of just intonation tuning and my intention for the use of particular intervals. I will also discuss the influence that storytelling from European and Native American cultures has had on my writing, and how I have incorporated these storytelling techniques into the way that I write my music.
When Eyes are Closed is written for violin and cello, in three movements. The first two, Ice Fishing and Dusty Critter Canyon are short; each one lasts about a minute and a half. The third and final movement, Hibernation, is the longest and lasts about ten minutes.
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 50/06M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Eagle, Elder brother, Just intonation, Original composition, Pima, Storytelling, Tuning|
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