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dc.contributor.authorJohnson, Evan Arthur
dc.date.accessioned2016-04-05T16:18:32Z
dc.date.available2016-04-05T16:18:32Z
dc.date.issued2006
dc.identifier.isbn9780542631283
dc.identifier.other304937914
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10477/49511
dc.description.abstractdown/among the altitudes is a composition for fourteen instruments (piccolo, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, French horn, trumpet, tenor trombone, percussion [crotales and vibraphone], piano, two violins, viola, cello, and double bass), lasting approximately fifteen minutes. The title is taken from the book-length poem Anathemata by the Welsh poet David Jones. The work is divided into six movements. Very little happens on the large scale, and that which does happen takes place slowly, and within a strictly circumscribed zone: one unchanging tempo, a narrow (very quiet) dynamic range, a narrow (high) registral environment, and virtually without exception one single (undifferentiatedly active) texture. The focus of the long first movement is entirely on the fact of the entry and exit of various instrumental subgroups, and the various innate energies they bring to their own struggles with these restrictions. The second half of the piece, comprising movements II through VI, which, theoretically speaking, together have a duration exactly equal to that of the first movement, and share an identical sequence of bar lengths and time signatures), is a explosion of this singularity and simultaneously an attempt to "fill in the gaps" that are an artifact of the eddies of local repetition that destroy much of the material meant to appear in the first movement.
dc.languageEnglish
dc.sourceDissertations & Theses @ SUNY Buffalo,ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global
dc.subjectCommunication and the arts
dc.subjectdown / among the altitudes
dc.subjectOriginal composition
dc.titledown / among the altitudes
dc.typeDissertation/Thesis


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