Date Approved


Degree Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Music (MM)

Department or School

Music and Dance

Committee Member

Anthony Iannaccone, Ph.D., Chair

Committee Member

Marilyn Saker, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Whitney Prince, D.M.A.


“Oíche Nollag” is an original composition for orchestra of approximately 6 minutes and 10 seconds in length. It is based on a traditional Irish jig tune of the same name, meaning “Christmas Eve” in Irish Gaelic. The piece is through-composed and follows a basic ternary form (fast-slow-fast). The folk tune is easily recognizable in its initial form but becomes transformed through a series of continuous variations. These variations increase in complexity and energy before reaching a high point and transitioning into a slower, middle section with the brass. The music gains energy again with the addition of the winds and strings, increases in tempo, and ends with the full orchestra. “Oíche Nollag” is written in a neo-tonal style using extended harmonic techniques. Density and harmonic intensity create tension and drive the music toward high points.

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