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Date of Degree

Spring 2014

Degree Name

PhD (Doctor of Philosophy)

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First Advisor

David Gompper


The title of the work, Beneath a Canvas of Green, is in reference to the many walks I used to take during the summers while growing up in northern Minnesota. I love the way the sunlight shines through the leaves--especially when there is a bit of wind to make the light dance and flicker. I am also fascinated by the way in which the many things I pass by in life on a regular basis can appear so differently, depending on the time of day, season of the year, or mood I am in at the time. These thoughts were at the forefront as I composed Beneath a Canvas of Green. From the rush of sounds that open and close the piece, to its calm and delicate interior, the work utilizes a singular melodic idea viewed through a variety of different lenses.




v, 70 pages


Copyright 2014 Aaron Aldon Perrine

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