Starmount vespers: an oratorio for voices and strings

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
John A. Stemke (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Alejandro Rutty

Abstract: Starmount Vespers is an oratorio-style composition for SATB choir and string orchestra on the subjects of cyclicity and self-similarity. Cyclical phenomena are widespread in the natural world (day and night, sleeping and waking, seasons, tides, etc.) and occur on many structural levels. Starmount Vespers seeks to exemplify these harmonious relationships in both text and music, drawing influence from other cyclical works (such as Orff's Carmina Burana and Vivaldi's Gloria), the Prouhet-Thue-Morse sequence, and the compositional approaches of Danish composer Per Nørgård. Nørgård's third symphony, in particular, is a mature representation of his melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic self-similar structures and informed much of Starmount Vespers' composition. The texts were selected from the poetry of Thomas Hardy, H.P. Nichols, and Alfred, Lord Tennyson, and were adapted by the composer to better fit the narrative. The resulting fourteen-minute composition both delivers a textual narrative on self-similarity and, through fractal patterns embedded in the musical parameters, embodies the text.

Additional Information

Language: English
Date: 2016
Composition, Fractal, Nørgård, Oratorio, Prouhet-Thue-Morse, Vespers
Oratorios $v Scores
Cyclic form (Music)
Symmetry (Music)

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