AuthorGillam, Robert Wesley
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractMusica Stellarum is an original composition for full symphony orchestra. It seeks to evoke the life of a star from its birth in a gaseous nebula to its death as a massive supernova using musical parallels. The chemical processes involved in stellar nucleosynthesis are represented through an exploration of TC relationships. Lighter elements are represented by smaller pitch class sets and as they combine together through processes such as inversion and transposition, larger, "heavier" sets are created. Elements of Sonata Form and a strong structural emphasis on Golden Section (GS) relationships are also major features of Musica Stellarum. Section and phrase length are determined by GS measurements of time. This piece also uses delayed aggregate completion to build tension. Inspired by a theory by astrophysicist Dr. Adam Burrows, who argued that supernovae could be triggered by sound waves resonating at approximately F4, the F above middle C is used to complete the aggregate at the climax of the piece.
Degree ProgramGraduate College