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dc.contributor.advisor Goldstein, Perry en_US
dc.contributor.advisor Winkler, Peter en_US Salathé, Philip Frederick en_US
dc.contributor.other Department of Music en_US 2017-09-20T16:50:39Z 2017-09-20T16:50:39Z 2014-12-01 en_US
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dc.description 71 pgs en_US
dc.description.abstract The inspiration and foundation for And Yet... is a collection of home recordings made during the late 1930s on 78 RPM discs. Of these, most feature performances by my maternal grandfather, Gilbert Patten, a gifted bass singer who might well have pursued a professional career had it not been for the demands of family, financial necessity, and eventual poor health. Additional discs in the collection capture the singing voices of my great-grandmother near the end of her life, and my maternal aunts not long after the beginning of theirs. In And Yet..., I have integrated selections from these recordings into an orchestral narrative that, though continuous, can broadly be divided into four movements. The first of these, ' Big Profundo' , is a kind of stylized recitative in which the tuba emerges as a prominent soloist, engaging in a free-spirited dialogue with my grandfather's recorded voice that varies between witty banter, pointed remarks, and obstreperous declamations. In the second, ' Plain Folks' , my great-grandmother's wonderfully homely voice serves as the point of departure for a lilting, waltz-like theme. As the music progresses, this melody is gradually fragmented and playfully transformed, and is ultimately subsumed into a meditative passacaglia featuring rich jazz harmonies. The third movement, ' Feed the Doggie' , is a jaunty scherzo in a fast compound meter, whose quirky harmonic palette is largely based on sixths and sevenths. Only at the end is the source of this material revealed: the voices of my aunts as young children, supplying a spontaneous and endearingly erratic reharmonization of a popular tune. Immediately after this comes the final movement, ' Epilogue (And Yet...)' , which introduces the piece's narrator for the first time. In a text based in part on a fragment by Mark Twain, he explicitly reflects on my grandfather's life, while the orchestra accompanies him on a journey of loss, sorrow and, ultimately, redemptive love. In the closing bars of the piece, the narrator bursts into song at last, just before the work ends on a note of unexpected ambivalence. 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
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dc.publisher The Graduate School, Stony Brook University: Stony Brook, NY. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Music en_US
dc.title And Yet... en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US
dc.mimetype Application/PDF en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Semegen, Daria en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Dillon, Lawrence en_US

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