Hesby Street is a four-movement Symphony for orchestra, written as a "diary piece" describing the composer's, life between Christmas and New Year 2004, a period divided equally between turmoil and farce. The object of this paper is to analyze the piece from four separate, but complimentary, methodologies: a programmatic analysis, a traditional formal analysis, a poietic analysis, and a proportional analysis.
The programmatic nature of this piece is a fundamental point of departure in the construction of this "diary piece." Each movement describes a series of events, a state of mind, or is a musical portrait. Thus, the analysis will begin with a description of the events, moods and characters that inspired the movement.
Hesby Street is intended to be a perceived as a light work, in the same way that much of Haydn's Symphonic repertoire is light. It is satirical, and in places it dissolves into slapstick. However, this "surface froth" disguises a very rigorously constructed work. This paper hopes to draw attention to this construction, and illuminate some of the less immediately apparent, and pathetic aspects of the work.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 48/02M, Masters Abstracts International|
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