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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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Title: On a Rose of Coals: Scherzo and Variations for String Quartet
Author: Rothschild, Robert
Advisor(s): Shultis, Christopher
Committee Member(s): Herman, Richard
Kostur, Glenn
Department: University of New Mexico. Dept. of Music
Subject(s): String Quartet Scherzo Balkan African rhythms
LC Subject(s): String quartets -- Scores
Scherzos (String quartet) -- Scores
Variations (String quartet) -- Scores
Degree Level: Masters
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.
Graduation Date: May 2011
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1928/12807

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