Encumbered Existence is a three-movement programmatic work for jazz orchestra that uses specific events in African-American history to capture the struggle of African- Americans and emotions provoked by these events. The first movement, “The State of the World,” and last movement, “Between the World and Me,” capture painful events such as the shooting of Trayvon Martin. “Between the World and Me” uses the dates of Martin’s birth and death as set classes to guide the piece. The second movement, “The Dream,” portrays a hopeful attitude and is inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the “I Have a Dream” speech. Encumbered Existence is 314 measure long.
Prior to the score, an analysis of the piece provides an outline of the overall structure of the work as well as illustrations of the musical quotations used throughout the piece. The compositional decisions made during the creative process are explained by highlighting individual musical moments in the piece and then examining their correlation to the work. All inspirational material is also discussed.
|Commitee:||DeWitt, Mark, Kulp, Jonathan|
|School:||University of Louisiana at Lafayette|
|School Location:||United States -- Louisiana|
|Source:||MAI 57/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Musical composition, African American Studies, Black studies|
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