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The internal struggle Stewart, D. Andrew 1996

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THE INTERNAL STRUGGLE by D. ANDREW STEWART B. Mus., Wilfrid Laurier University, 1994 A THESIS SUBMITTED IN PARTIAL FULFILMENT OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEGREE OF MASTERS OF MUSIC in THE FACULTY OF GRADUATE STUDIES (School of Music) We accept this thesis as conforming to the reciuired^standard THE UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA May, 1996 © D. Andrew Stewart, 1996 In presenting this thesis in partial fulfilment of the requirements for an advanced degree at the University of British Columbia, I agree that the Library shall make it freely available for reference and study. I further agree that permission for extensive copying of this thesis for scholarly purposes may be granted by the head of my department or by his or her representatives. It is understood that copying or publication of this thesis for financial gain shall not be allowed without my written permission. Department of IH^IO The University of British Columbia Vancouver, Canada Date DE-6 (2/88) Abstract This is a compilation of all music composed over a two year period, for the requirements of a Masters of Music Degree with a major in Music Composition. There are five compositions included in this document. In chronological order, these compositions are: Bent for orchestra, Fever for solo piano without page-turner, Natural Distortions for wind orchestra, I'm so Amplified.... for solo oboe, and Images From Irrelevant Thoughts for chamber ensemble. Bent was performed during an orchestral reading session by The University of British Columbia Orchestra in March of 1995. Natural Distortions had its premiere on April 3, 1996 by The University of British Columbia Wind Orchestra. All other compositions were performed in a graduate recital organized by the composer on April 20, 1996. TABLE OF CONTENTS Abstract ii Table of Contents Hi Recital Poster 1 Bent 2 for orchestra Fever 47 for solo piano without page-turner Natural Distortions 60 for wind orchestra I'm so Amplified..... 94 for solo oboe Images From 116 Irrelevant Thoughts VIDEO, PATSI LONGMIRE optional ear plugs at the door for orchestra The subject matter of this work is concerned with the issue of human desire. For the composer, BENT provides an opportunity to break free from human inhibition; inspired by the overwhelming emotions that drive the powerful forces behind one's inner most urges. In essence, the music is brought to life by those items that bend us from the accepted norms of society. in memory of Michael C. Ward Balcony Snare Drum (Perc. IU) ^abte of Contents Movement I Aggressive, Driving Energy [03:51] Movement II Slowly, Ominous Swell [06:08] Movement III Aggressive, Driving Energy [02:45] Total time [[12:45]]. BENT Andrew Stewart I Aggressive, ? Driving Energy When a lime duration appears with a Q, this indicates the total time to be taken for that Q. l 2/ Arrowheads attached to a \ / 1=60 indicate that the material \ / is to be continually repealed V from beginning to end for the duration of the line. B. Dr. (wood) ' Cover drum bead with Individual players: occasionally rcatuck note, with » Accelerate frequency of attack! until Q.7. ffi O Awlm 5u«an-1995 Cbooic random pitches mcvjneio higbeic oote. A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v n v v v m v v vvvvv v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v Do not synchronize with other parti. Do no( lynchrooize with other parti. Tit>. <]| n ~f ~f Covered B. Dr. (wood) ' Remove bed ibeet. XT n n n n n n n n n im 10 15. 16. 0:08 Slowly, \i7 Ominous Swell Cm. /y (•oft oieul) 1 p II 0:15 ra For the next Q, and ail subsequent Q's: It is not important that each box begins exactly on Q. Players should complete their current note or rest, then move smoothly to the next box. JUL. J-60-80 Do not synchronize with other parti. did . Do not lynchroaize with other p*ru. > not lynchronizc with other parti. 0:15 VT7 J-60-80 ~¥PP~ PPP 22. 26. 31 28. 3 3 [06:08] 30. 35 Aggressive, M Driving Energy Poc.ra RE Synchronize with Perc. Tam-i.(aeavy beater) >30 / Synchronize with Perc. 0. Tam-t.(heavy beater) Slowly accel.. synchronizing with tbe Bitcoay S. Dr. by Q.6 (Jr. 160). As the tempo increases, dampen each stroke in order to prepare for the next attack. Slowly acceL synchronizing with the Balcony S. Dr. by Q.6 (Jb160). Ai the tempo increase!, dampen each itroke in order to prepare Tor tbe next attack. 34. BbTrp. S\ I n OH VH O tin S OB C/3 1/3 •4—> O a <« fa • O 2 ^ to O O •5 O O ^ C « O r3 o 43 C/5 B o O l-H 3 •S ^ «§ o o "„ o o O a 8 S tt 3 * ~ a U GOa o .1 s u D. Andrew Stewart Distortions for wind orchestra Among the new experiences I have had in the last two years, perhaps the most thrilling journey I embarked upon was my commute to the west coast of Canada. I was stunned by the physical beauty of the coast line. I had no words to describe the feelings I felt from observing the massive natural structures so foreign to me. As I composed Natural Distortions I felt as if I were following in a long tradition of creating programmatic music. Not only is there reference to physical landscape; but I have included a human element within the music. In my vision, man is an integrated element of nature, and at times an obtrusive force surrounding the physical world. Despite human interference with the natural world, the power's of nature tend to overcome all artificial obstacles. The race to adapt to nature's hand is continuous. Let us hope that we do not destroy the beauty around us in our attempts to live in equal partnership with nature; and that we avoid our own destruction in the process. Total Time: c.a. 12:00 Instrumentation Piccolo 4 Flutes 4 Oboes 2 Bassoons 4 Bb Clarinets Bb Contra-Bass Clarinet 2 Eb Alto Saxophones Bb Tenor Saxophone Eb Baritone Saxophone 4 F Horns 4 Bb Trumpets 4 Trombones Bass Trombone Euphonium Tuba Timpani Percussion I Bass Drum, Xylophone Percussion II Tam-tam, 6Temple Blocks, Suspended Cymbal Percussion III Slap Board, Chimes, Tam-tam, Suspended Cymbal, Crash Cymbals Percussion IV Crotales, 2 Wood Blocks Piano Sits. 9ed. A O > Mf Off jyjy mr MT Mf Mf Mf Mf Mf Mf 1 >160 62 RandcinUy rtunu piicli ardir ** k c n i^ D o t n 8" Mf Mf Svs. TaL— « : • - ' - 7 > i - — 4 - 1 A 7 3 12. 13. B © O © |bcnwn for liven l^ iprr «*1 lowr [ibba-7? 17. (J.=J=100) ?5 23. PP f Sus. TaC. ? 7 25. 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