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Embers from the Void

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dc.contributor.advisor Winkler, Peter , Weymouth, Daniel en_US
dc.contributor.author Vandegriff, Matthew Michael en_US
dc.contributor.other Department of Music en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2013-05-22T17:35:45Z
dc.date.accessioned 2015-04-24T14:47:35Z
dc.date.available 2013-05-22T17:35:45Z
dc.date.available 2015-04-24T14:47:35Z
dc.date.issued 2012-05-01
dc.identifier Vandegriff_grad.sunysb_0771E_10843 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1951/59900 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11401/71448 en_US
dc.description 36 pg. en_US
dc.description.abstract Embers from the Void for string quartet and voice is a work centered around the idea of transition, specifically the transition state of death. Each moment explores this idea through imagery of landscape, season, and space or, more precisely, forest, winter, and emptiness (the void). The poetry, self-authored, was written for and in conjunction with the music. The two are inseparable. A running theme that will be apparent in the text is "what lies beneath the surface." An aspect of this theme will be present in each movement and is itself a metaphor for both literary ideas and the theoretical foundation of the music. Musically, this work is at times sparse and relentlessly singular in process. In contrast, it is at times lush and complex. Within, there are moments in which the music could be classified as minimal, spectral, atonal, and quasi-tonal. Underlying all of this is a sole foundation that is the genesis of the entire work. This work, in practically every aspect, is formed from the geometry inherent in golden arithmetic. Proportions are guided by the golden ratio. Pitch, with rare exception, is derived from the Fibonacci sequence and similar additive number patterns that are themselves approximating, with ever increasing accuracy, the golden or "divine" proportion. On the surface Embers from the Void is seemingly simple and transparent, however, this simplicity is the result of golden geometry that is intricate and other-worldly yet familiar, and this transparency is the result of crystalline structures at the foundation of that very geometry. To understand this work, one must look beneath the surface of the unassuming fa?¼ade to the glint of gold that lies beyond. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship This work is sponsored by the Stony Brook University Graduate School in compliance with the requirements for completion of degree. en_US
dc.format Monograph en_US
dc.format.medium Electronic Resource en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher The Graduate School, Stony Brook University: Stony Brook, NY. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Music en_US
dc.subject.other death, fibonacci, golden geometry, poetry, string quartet, voice en_US
dc.title Embers from the Void en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US
dc.mimetype Application/PDF en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Semegen, Daria en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Mueller, Robert. en_US

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