Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Serpent Rope
by Egan, Brian D., M.M., University of Missouri - Kansas City, 2010, 164; 1485349
Abstract (Summary)

According to Mayan prophecy, in 2012 our solar system will complete a grand cycle punctuated by an alignment of our sun with the black hole in the center of the Milky Way. During this time, it is said that a 'serpent rope' will emerge from the galactic center bringing beneficial changes to the consciousness of humanity. As the event approaches, time is sped up and there is a quickening of energy in anticipation of this momentous change.

The Serpent Rope embodies this idea by using one of the most fundamental forms in creation as its structure—the spiral. The piece consists of three contrasting types of material each cycling along its own temporal spiral. As the piece unfolds, dynamic changes occur in both the musical ideas and the duration of their presentation. The piece climaxes with a convergence of these energies, finally culminating into the metaphorical entrance into the galactic plane.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Chen, Yi
School: University of Missouri - Kansas City
School Location: United States -- Missouri
Source: MAI 48/06M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Music
Keywords: Orchestra, Original writing
Publication Number: 1485349
ISBN: 978-1-124-10707-3
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