Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Music



First Advisor

C. Curtis-Smith

Second Advisor

Dr. Richard Adams

Third Advisor

Dr. Robert Ricci

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


For Orchestra is a work consisting of two movements. In the first movement, the rhythmic pattern is based on the Korean traditional rhythm called "Changdan". There are a lot of "Changdan"s employed in Korean music. One of the Changdan-rhythms that are frequently used in traditional percussion ensemble is transferred to Western instruments through various contemporary techniques. The rhythmic elements are developed and combined with melody and harmonic texture. Harmonic textures include interval construction of perfect 4th, 5th, major and minor 7th, 3rd, and 2nd. There are both tertial and quartal combinations. The relationship between melody and chords is made up of wholetone, pentatonic, chromatic and pentatonic structures. The second movement is focused on expressive contrast of line and point. Otherwise, there are melody lines and pointilistic elements alternately played by all the instruments, combined with homophonic or harmonic textures. Main melody is played by strings and occasionally woodwinds.

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