Date of Degree
PhD (Doctor of Philosophy)
David Karl Gompper
My dissertation, In Violent Silence, takes its title from E.E. Cummings' sonnet "Notice the Convulsed Orange Inch of Moon". The piece musically reflects what I have found to be two unifying strings in the poem: the contrast of large and small, and the union of opposing ideas. To portray these elements, the nucleus of the piece is a pitch set that is harmonically rich and allows me to vacillate between tonal and non-tonal ideas. I also utilize the expansion and contraction of pitch register to reflect the dichotomy of large and small. The result is eighteen minutes of music with a clear and defined structure yet is in a state of constant change.
Copyright 2011 Anthony Donofrio
Donofrio, Anthony J.. "In violent silence." doctoral dissertation, University of Iowa, 2011.