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Rashomon for Wind Ensemble: a composition and an analytical essay

  • Author / Creator
    Reid, Darlene J
  • ABSTRACT Rashomon, a composition for wind ensemble, portrays a musical event—the simple motion of rise and fall—from three different perspectives, each assigned to one of the three movements. The underlying form, the basic gestural content, pitch material and instrumentation remain the same in the three movements. Each movement consists of five sections: an introduction, a statement of melodic material, a trumpet statement of melodic material, an ascent to the highest point and a resolution. Rashomon has four main gestural components: compression/expansion, rise/fall, interruption or interjection and the stasis of sustain or residue. The gestural material develops gradually from the start of Rashomon I, where these ideas are introduced, through to the end of Rashomon III. Pitch movement in wind ensemble works structured for advanced secondary school or university wind ensembles needs to be sensitive to the difficulties inherent in the ensemble’s unfamiliarity with atonal patterns. Many instrumentalists at this level find that an increase in dissonance complicates their intonation and large intervallic leaps stretch their technical abilities. The pitch content of Rashomon takes these possible restrictions into consideration in order facilitate a quality performance while maintaining the pitch organization of a modernist work. The use of simple gestural components, perceptual similarity of form, combined with a driving and aggressive nature, aids in the accessibility of the work for the wind ensemble and its audience.

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  • Graduation date
    2010-11
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Doctor of Music
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3Z029
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Doctoral
  • Department
    • Department of Music
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Klumpenhouwer, Henry (Music)
    • Bell, Allan Gordon (Music, University of Calgary)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Schroeder, Angela (Music)
    • Gramit, David (Music)
    • Read, Daphne (English and Film Studies)
    • Chan, Ka Nin (Music, University of Toronto)