Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Music



First Advisor

Dr. Ramon Zupko

Second Advisor

Bradley G. Wong

Third Advisor

C. Curtis-Smith

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


Variants on the Holiday Season is a symphonic poem for full orchestra. This composition is based on five Christmas songs including three Medieval tunes, "Nowel Syng We Bothe Al and Son," "Riu Riu," and "Two French Dances," along with "O Come All Ye Faithful" and "Deck the Halls." Most of the music is derived from motives, rhythms, harmonies, and interval patterns of the original songs. The harmonies employed are created from the modes of the original tunes. Although there is no program supporting this work, it is considered a symphonic poem because it incorporates chimes, glockenspiel and sleigh bells which are all used to create allusions to the Christmas holiday.

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