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Requiem for peace Nickel, Lawrence Kenneth

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Requiem for Peace is a large-scale musical composition in fifteen movements for chorus, chamber choir, symphonic orchestra and three soloists. This thesis honors the suffering civilians of this world who have been caught in the crossfire between warring nations. Integrating poetry from various parts of the world, in twelve languages, it is an international call for forgiveness and reconciliation. The original vision for this composition is presented in the Introduction, followed by a discussion on influences and techniques which permeate my compositional process. The first part o f the document contains chapters on musical style, orchestration, text, form and overall structure. Subsequently, each of the fifteen movements is given a brief summative description. The conclusion, which provides a personal aesthetic statement, is followed by the full orchestral score of Requiem for Peace.

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