Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

“Hesby Street”: A multi-level analysis
by Hannington, Richard Luke, M.M., California State University, Long Beach, 2009, 104; 1472230
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Bremer, Carolyn
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 48/02M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Music
Keywords: Original composition
Publication Number: 1472230
ISBN: 978-1-109-47316-2
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