Date of Graduation

Spring 2016

Degree

Master of Music

Department

Music

Committee Chair

Michael Murray

Keywords

music, orchestra, suite, instrumental, art, painting

Subject Categories

Music

Abstract

Three Landscapes for Orchestra is a three-movement orchestral suite, with music composed based on corresponding artworks. Each movement is inspired by an abstract painting by Samantha Keely Smith. Stylistically, the focus of these pieces is on color and mood, and the emulation of the atmosphere and emotions elicited by the source material. As such, the music either takes a literal approach to musical representations of certain aesthetic features, or an abstract approach wherein the music conveys a similar emotion or mood as the painting. Musically, the approach taken is an amalgamation of Late-Romantic, twentieth century, and twelve-tone styles, with influences from composers such as Gustav Mahler, Benjamin Britten, John Adams, and Arnold Schoenberg.

Copyright

© Nathan D. Raught

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