ECHOING SPIRITS: A COMPOSITION FOR SHAKUHACHI, 21-STRING KOTO, AND ORCHESTRA

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2021
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Watson, William
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Womack, Donald
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Echoing Spirits is a composition for shakuhachi, 21-string koto, and Western orchestra. The purpose of this paper is to offer a detailed view of the musical work. The paper is comprised of two parts. The first part addresses the reasons for my choice of instrumentation, compositions that influenced my piece, and my compositional strategies for integrating Japanese and Western musical resources. These strategies include integration of the following: the extramusical idea of yōkai, the Japanese and Western instruments, Japanese aesthetic and formal system jo ha kyū. The second part of the paper is an analysis of the composition, consisting of the formal structures I used to lay the foundations of the piece, the melodic and harmonic language, and orchestration choices.
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Musical composition, Cross-cultural music
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114 pages
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