Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

When eyes are closed: My use of just intonation, storytelling and other techniques
by Creer, Matthew, M.A., Mills College, 2012, 29; 1510854
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Brown, Chris
Commitee: Bischoff, John
School: Mills College
Department: Music
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 50/06M, Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Music
Keywords: Eagle, Elder brother, Just intonation, Original composition, Pima, Storytelling, Tuning
Publication Number: 1510854
ISBN: 9781267356642
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