Richmond, Jason C.
Degree: DMA, College-Conservatory of Music: Composition, 2014, University of Cincinnati
Nefelibata is a Portuguese word derived from “nephele”
(cloud) and batha (a place where you can walk). The definition of
nefelibata is “a cloud walker. One who lives in the cloud of their
own imagination or dreams, or one who does not abide by the
precepts of society, literature, or art.” It is one of a kind. It
doesn’t have a kindred soul. Someone called a nefelibata is an
unconventional, unorthodox person. A creative person, who remains
embroiled in his/her imaginations, transcending all the conventions
and laws, but also an intractable person who stays involved in
insignificant things, too, could be called a nefelibata. Its usage
completely depends upon the activity in which the person is
involved.The title of my piece in relation to this definition
hinges on the fact that the two main theme areas contradict one
another in terms of how the music sounds in the context of how each
theme is presented within the music. The first theme is a
twelve-tone row, but does not operate in the normal “conventions”
of how a tone row should unfold within the rules of dodecaphony.
Instead, the theme chooses to present itself through exact
repetition and development, weaving in and out of dense and sparse
textures, all while centering on the pitch C, something from which
twelve-tone music tries to distinguish itself. The second theme
area hints toward the key of D major, or the note D as the tonal
center, but not using functional harmony and traditional chord
progressions to establish a firm key center or area. The music
takes on a different character all together with the second theme:
slower tempo, simple textures and harmonies, and a melody that is
both subtle and straightforward.I wanted to write the first theme
as a twelve-tone row. Present the melody within a particular style
that gave way to certain expectations, but give it my own
character, not following the precepts and rules of twelve-tone
music. With the second theme, I wanted to portray the exact
opposite of what came before, something that stayed involved in
insignificant things (traditional harmony as some would believe).
These two themes are cloud walkers, and as a nefelibata, each
completely depends upon the activity (texture) in which the theme
is involved in the context of how each is presented.
Advisors/Committee Members: Hoffman, Joel (Committee Chair).
Subjects/Keywords: Music; nefelibata; Orchestra; Dissertation; Richmond
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APA (6th Edition):
Richmond, J. C. (2014). Nefelibata. (Doctoral Dissertation). University of Cincinnati. Retrieved from http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=ucin1397734667
Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):
Richmond, Jason C. “Nefelibata.” 2014. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Cincinnati. Accessed April 06, 2020.
MLA Handbook (7th Edition):
Richmond, Jason C. “Nefelibata.” 2014. Web. 06 Apr 2020.
Richmond JC. Nefelibata. [Internet] [Doctoral dissertation]. University of Cincinnati; 2014. [cited 2020 Apr 06].
Available from: http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=ucin1397734667.
Council of Science Editors:
Richmond JC. Nefelibata. [Doctoral Dissertation]. University of Cincinnati; 2014. Available from: http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=ucin1397734667