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Fragments of lost words

This is a musical composition which demonstrates my artistic development over the course of the master’s program and reflects on issues of finding norms in an increasingly diffuse musical landscape while also creating a link to musical tradition. The objectives of the project were to create a musical language, both innovative and reminiscent of the European musical tradition, and to implement that language in a tripartitioning of musical material, delineated as (1) Composition, (2) Fragmentation, and (3) Re-composition. The language itself is firmly rooted in the contrapuntal procedures of the fifteenth century but utilizes as foundational material a musical scale of my own construction. These objectives necessitated a methodology wherein music was composed, that same music was broken up into over a hundred small fragments of material, and then those fragments were used to re-compose new material.

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