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Bowling Green State University

1. Handron, Jason Leger. Diatomaceous Earth.

Degree: MM, Music Composition, 2019, Bowling Green State University

Diatomaceous Earth is a single-movement work for wind ensemble scored for piccolo, two flutes, two oboes, two B-flat clarinets, bass clarinet, two bassoons, three saxophones (soprano, alto, baritone), four horns, three B-flat trumpets, two trombones, bass trombone, tuba, timpani, three percussionists, piano, and double bass, with no more than one player per part. Structurally, the large-scale form of the composition is inspired by the Kübler-Ross model. More commonly known as the five stages of grief, the Kübler-Ross model is intended to serve as a heuristic device outlining a progression of emotional experiences that occur when one is faced with impending death (e.g., with terminally ill patients). As the experience of dying is unique to each individual, these five stages—denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance—typically occur in a non-linear fashion, with the possibility of some stages being omitted altogether. In this sense, the overall trajectory of Diatomaceous Earth is intended to parallel the Kübler-Ross model as the musical character of each section is influenced by the emotional content from one of the five stages. The harmony for the composition is derived from two Z-related hexachords, 6-13 [013467] and 6-42 [012369]. Limited aleatory is an integral component to both the character and musical growth of the composition. In conjunction with the aleatory, development of texture and gesture throughout the composition serves as the driving force for the music, as opposed to traditional melodic material. Advisors/Committee Members: Kuehn, Mikel (Advisor).

Subjects/Keywords: Music; contemporary music; composition; aleatory; wind ensemble

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APA (6th Edition):

Handron, J. L. (2019). Diatomaceous Earth. (Masters Thesis). Bowling Green State University. Retrieved from

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Handron, Jason Leger. “Diatomaceous Earth.” 2019. Masters Thesis, Bowling Green State University. Accessed August 24, 2019.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Handron, Jason Leger. “Diatomaceous Earth.” 2019. Web. 24 Aug 2019.


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