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Abstract: My thesis piece is The Compleat Angler, an album of songs and
instrumental movements for mezzo-soprano, baritone, marimba, piano, viola, and cello. I
wrote all of the texts and the title is borrowed from the seminal fishing book by Izaak
Walton published in 1653. The genesis of The Compleat Angler did not have a clearly defined
intention, or long-range goal. It began as a single song ... read morefor baritone and piano, "The
Octopus" written in 2008, which I then combined with three new, aquatic-creature themed
songs and completed in the spring of 2011. This was simply an endeavor to write more art
songs, a genre I had not explored yet. However, I had been writing popular music for 10
years and eventually, The Compleat Angler became an attempt to synthesize or, at least,
reconcile my two different compositional styles.
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2012.
Submitted to the Dept. of Music.
Advisor: John McDonald.
Committee: Joseph Auner, and Janet Schmalfeldt.
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