Samuel Joshua

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Degree Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Music (MM)


Music and Dance

Committee Member

Anthony Iannaccone, Ph.D., Chair

Committee Member

Gary Pedersen, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Willard Zirk, Ph.D.


Event Horizon depicts a spectacular and somewhat violent cosmic light display. This piece uses compositional techniques championed by composers such as Igor Stravinsky and Paul Hindemith. These techniques include use of linear tonality, limited pitch collections, split thirds and non-functional triads, contrasting sections of tension and repose, chromatic consonance, and directional lines that move toward prepared pitches. Such techniques make it possible to maintain a relatively tonal language while not relying heavily on traditional harmonic progression. Event Horizon is written for full orchestra, including one piccolo, two flutes, two oboes, two clarinets, two bassoons, four horns, three trumpets, three trombones, one tuba, timpani, one percussion, piano, and strings.

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