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This is not a Drill: The Siren as a Symbol and Musical Instrument

  • Author(s): Nestor, Ryan Douglas
  • Advisor(s): Schick, Steven
  • et al.

This dissertation examines the use of the siren in musical works of the past century. Within the musical repertory, the siren always functions symbolically and sometimes also functions as a musical instrument. An exploration of these two functions, their definitions, and relevant musical examples is followed by an analysis and explanation of my multimedia work, This is not a Drill.

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