Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Halo of Dust: A Work for Chorus, Piano, and Keyboard Using Specialized Composition Techniques
by Saldana, David Garcia, M.M., California State University, Long Beach, 2019, 83; 13859002
Abstract (Summary)

Santa Barbara poet Teddy Macker’s dedication to removing the ambiguity from his work inspired my own creative work for two pianos and choir. When asked what he believed to be poetry’s role in our world today, Macker responded poetry can help people see again. Within his poetry collection This World, one poem, “Halo of Dust,” struck me for two reasons: it’s lengthiness, and how it addresses a spiritual topic secularly. “Halo of Dust” presents several vignettes of seminal moments in Saint Francis of Assisi’s work that tested Francis’s dedication to love and compassion. The poem shifts between verse and prose, and transitions between scenes without preparation. By using extended piano techniques and vocal strategies not common within the European choral tradition, this setting of Macker’s “Halo of Dust” musically portrays these moments of introspection and wisdom that Saint Francis experiences within the text to capture the “seeing” quality, but in sound.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Shockley, Alan
Commitee: Miller, Alexander, Lindau, Elizabeth
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Bob Cole Conservatory of Music
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 81/4(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Music
Keywords: Choir, Composition, Music, Piano
Publication Number: 13859002
ISBN: 9781687952257
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