Date Approved


Degree Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department or School

Music and Dance

Committee Member

Dr. Anthony Iannaccone

Committee Member

Dr. C. Nelson Amos

Committee Member

Dr. David Pierce


The Missa Brevis displayed and discussed herein is composed for chamber choir, vocal soloists, and a chamber ensemble of nine instrumental performers. This setting of several sections of the Catholic Mass explores a narrative interpretation of that text, using a programmatic compositional approach, through which all parameters of music were systematically planned. The thesis is in two parts. Part One is an analysis of the composition, both in full and movement by movement, with regard to structure, harmonic contour, melodic design, timbral choices, and the compositional process required for its creation. Part Two is the complete original score of the work.