Cope, for chamber ensemble and fixed electronics.
Abstract: Cope (2012-2013) is a composition for a chamber ensemble of eight
instrumentalists, a conductor, and stereo fixed electronics. Writing this piece allowed me
to experiment with composing for a larger group than I had previously, and served as a
vehicle for exploring the fusion of live and electronic sonic textures. Aesthetically, the
piece represents a link between my diverse stylistic ... read moreinterests. As the first piece that I
have written for an ensemble of this size, it was an incredible learning experience in
terms of orchestration, instrumental writing, and the controlling of logistics surrounding
the use of a computer with a live ensemble. In this paper, I examine the inception of the
work and several elements of the composition that I feel are important to its identity. I
discuss composers who have influenced my compositional voice, the compositional processes
itself, the musical language I employed, the process of integrating live and electronic
sounds, and the potential future life of Cope beyond its current instrumentation and
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2013.
Submitted to the Dept. of Music.
Advisor: John McDonald.
Committee: Joseph Auner, and Janet Schmalfeldt.
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