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Three pieces

  • Author(s): McCallum, Clinton
  • et al.

The following Master's thesis represents the culmination of two years' work on composition in the UCSD Department of Music. The three pieces, Murder, woman, and hanged one, Onanspazautonomotor, and In a hall of mirrors waiting to die, appear in order of completion. Each of these compositions attempt to expand the possibilities of how a contemporary musical performer might be perceived. Murder, woman, and hanged one incorporates a theatrical narrative to make the performers metaphorically representative. Onanspazautonomotor is more influenced by performance art than theater, and evokes a sense that the instrument is both an extension of the body of the performer and a place on which to perform art. In a hall of mirrors waiting to die is about the physical limits of performance and how confronting these limits effects our sense of musical time and structure

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