Theses Doctoral

Love, Crystal and Stone

Behzadi, Ashkan

This paper presents an analysis of my composition Love, Crystal and Stone, a forty-five minute song-cycle for soprano, violin, flute, clarinet and percussion, written in 2017 for TAK Ensemble of New York. Based on a selection of lyric poems by Federico García Lorca, Love, Crystal and Stone explores the core question, “How can the lyric poetry of Lorca be re-experienced by critically rethinking the poetic potentials of the formal construction of the music?” In my dissertation, I will discuss the various ways that my music, in its formal construction, attempts to incorporate Lorca’s text in order to capture and reiterate the essence of the text. In my essay, I will also explore the choices of material and my compositional processes, including a description of how I continuously rework and re-contextualize my musical material not only throughout the span of the piece, but through the arc of my catalogue of works. The theoretical analysis of the piece involves an in-depth explanation of the musical elements of Love, Crystal and Stone including form; pitch, timbral, and rhythmic structures; the incorporation of musical gestures; and orchestration choices. Finally, I will conclude with a brief discussion of my approach to the analysis of Love, Crystal and Stone.


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Lerdahl, Alfred W.
D.M.A., Columbia University
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October 2, 2019