Stasis and Motion Explored in Three of my Musical Compositions

Authors: Howe, C. Theodore
Advisor: Liu-Rosenbaum, Aaron
Abstract: This thesis is meant to be an exploration of musical gestures pertaining to the concepts of stasis and motion in music, in three of my original compositions. The intent of this exploration is to demonstrate how looking at musical compositions from the perspective of stasis and motion can help both the composer and the listeners to understand their formal structures, as well as be interesting, inspiring, and can add more depth to a work. The compositions are as follows: 1) Brume, for String Quartet, which details my attempt at creating an overall atmosphere of stasis with little, minutely -detailed motion over a long period of time, using very little musical material. 2) Sous le Sol, for Woodwind Quintet, where changes in metre, rhythmic accent, and key signature (motion) come to the fore to obscure an unchanging (static) rhythmic drive. 3) Lumière et Couleurs, for Orchestra, where all of the elements of stasis and motion, such as harmony, rhythm, and pitch are guided in part by a pre-determined compositional process, namely, the Fibonacci sequence. I will first define what is meant by stasis and motion in the context of this essay, then I will explain the musical and literary sources of inspiration that led to my choosing this approach, and, finally, I will analyze the three-aforementioned works and how I applied stasis and motion throughout their compositional processes.
Document Type: Mémoire de maîtrise
Issue Date: 2019
Open Access Date: 27 September 2019
Grantor: Université Laval
Collection:Thèses et mémoires

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