Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Identifier

1278

Date

2014

Date of Award

12-1-2014

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts

Major

Music

Concentration

Composition

Committee Chair

Kamran Ince

Committee Member

John Baur

Committee Member

Kenneth Krietner

Committee Member

Kevin Sanders

Abstract

String Quartet No. 1 is a five-movement work inspired by my travels to Cappadocia, a region in central Turkey known for its unusual landscapes. In the summer of 2012 I attended a music festical located in Mustafapasha, a small village in the heart of Cappadocia. I was amazed by the dramatic alien-like landscapes carved out of the volcanic plateau by eons of erosion. Early human inhabitants carved dwellings out of the soft rock resembling giant termite mounds. Early Christians continued the practice of carving dwellings as well as churches out of the rocks. It is in this region of Turkey that the Christian Monastic movement was born. There is a combination of isolation and spirituality that permeates the landscape and it is this mood that I tried to capture in my string quartet.

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Library Comment

dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.

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