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Chedvah for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, two violins, viola, cello, and piano

  • Author(s): Klein, Zachary Alexander
  • Advisor(s): Lefkowitz, David S
  • et al.
Abstract

Chedvah is a piece of music that deals with the idea of trying to find happiness in all of the wrong places. It’s based on the premise that we are born with a natural joy, something that we loose touch with over time. The older we get, the more we try to get in touch with that inner joy through indulging in various physical pleasures, which actually furthers us from the true inner joy of childhood. The piece culminates in the abandonment of “trying” and the acceptance of this joy through setting ourselves aside and tuning into our souls. This narrative is accomplished through layering two different textures of music: one calm and serene (the theme of the soul’s joy) and one hectic and propelling out of control (indulgence in physical pleasures.) The two musical textures find reconciliation by combining them to create a new musical texture.

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