Note:This thesis is part of a research project submitted in partial fulfillment of the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts in the School of Music. The project also involved the preparation and performance of a recital of music related to the thesis topic.

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Title:Aural, Visual, And Literary Aspects Of Martin Bresnick's For The Sexes: The Gates Of Paradise
Author(s):Park, Suhyoung
Advisor(s):Browning, Zack
Contributor(s):Professor William H. Heiles; Mattax-Moersch, Charlotte; Tsitsaros, Christos
Department / Program:School of Music
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:A.Mus.D. (doctoral)
Abstract:The objective of this project is to provide a structural analysis of the aural, visual, and literary aspects of American composer Martin Bresnick’s (b. 1946) For the Sexes: The Gates of Paradise (2001) for piano solo and DVD projection. Based on English poet and visual artist William Blake’s (1757-1827) emblem book of the same title from the version of 1818, Blake’s text is spoken and sung by the pianist as a revival of the ancient “Bard” tradition, and Blake’s emblematic drawings are animated in the DVD and accompanied by piano solo. Despite Bresnick’s successful career as a prominent composer and an influential teacher, Bresnick’s piano music is not widely known. Bresnick’s piano music is highly structured and immensely expressive. The purpose of this study is to cultivate scholastic attention and to generate interest for Bresnick’s For the Sexes: The Gates of Paradise.
Issue Date:2015-03
Publisher:University of Illinois
Citation Info:Park, Suhyoung. AURAL, VISUAL, AND LITERARY ASPECTS OF MARTIN BRESNICK’S FOR THE SEXES: THE GATES OF PARADISE. Doctoral Project thesis submitted at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign School of Music, 2015.
Genre:Dissertation / Thesis
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-05-01

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