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On a Rose of Coals: Scherzo and Variations for String Quartet


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On a Rose of Coals: Scherzo and Variations for String Quartet

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dc.contributor.author Rothschild, Robert
dc.date.accessioned 2011-07-01T22:31:28Z
dc.date.available 2011-07-01T22:31:28Z
dc.date.issued 2011-07-01
dc.date.submitted May 2011
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1928/12807
dc.description.abstract On a Rose of Coals is a single movement composed for string quartet and is approximately eleven minutes in duration. The work revolves around ostinati which incorporate rhythmic characteristics of West African and Balkan traditional music, against which are set melodies which emphasize the conflict between a bitonal and composite reading. Polyrhythmic structures and assymetrical rhythms dominate the work, and are used to effect many of the metric modulations between sections of the piece. The tension between a solid, relatively stable modal center and a melody which continually pulls toward disintegration of tonal stasis characterizes the work at large. The final section explores the inherent dissonances in a seemingly tonal ostinato, a discord which ultimately eclipses the sense of tonal and rhythmic stability entirely. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject String Quartet Scherzo Balkan African rhythms en_US
dc.subject.lcsh String quartets -- Scores
dc.subject.lcsh Scherzos (String quartet) -- Scores
dc.subject.lcsh Variations (String quartet) -- Scores
dc.title On a Rose of Coals: Scherzo and Variations for String Quartet en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree Theory and Composition en_US
dc.description.level Masters en_US
dc.description.department University of New Mexico. Dept. of Music en_US
dc.description.advisor Shultis, Christopher
dc.description.committee-member Herman, Richard
dc.description.committee-member Kostur, Glenn

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