Abstract: Sisyphe, a work written between June and September 2010, calls for a
sextet (flute, Bb clarinet, violin, cello, percussion and piano) and has an approximate
duration of eleven minutes. My desire to write for the so-called "Pierrot" ensemble stems
from practical reasons, as many groups that are called "new music ensembles" have this set
of instruments as their core. In this thesis, Si... read moresyphe will be assessed in terms of both
general aesthetic viewpoints and specific compositional techniques. The short reflections
on topics such as form and creative process will contribute to a better understanding of my
attitude towards the act of composing as well as my creative intentions.
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2011.
Submitted to the Dept. of Music.
Advisor: John McDonald.
Committee: Janet Schmalfeldt, and Alessandra Campana.
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