Date of Defense




First Advisor

Bradley Wong

Second Advisor

Ramon Zupko

Third Advisor

C. Curtis-Smith


After deciding that I would like to compose an original work for piano and clarinet, the task became one of deciding what kind of piece to write. I had all kinds of ideas, ranging from a depiction of a day in the life of someone on the street, to a depiction of a day in the life of a duck. I considered avant garde techniques such as using a balloon for special effects, and I also deliberated about composing the entire piece using contrapuntal style. Eventually, the idea of depicting a children's book through music caught my imagination, and the only decision to be made was the book to use as my inspiration. I eventually chose Corduroy, because it appealed to me as a story and also as a medium for expressing many different emotions.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Campus Only