Advisor

Elwood, Paul, 1958-

Committee Member

Oravitz, Michael

Department

Theory and Composition

Institution

University of Northern Colorado

Type of Resources

Text

Place of Publication

Greeley (Colo.)

Publisher

University of Northern Colorado

Date Created

5-2017

Genre

Thesis

Extent

42 pages

Digital Origin

Born digital

Abstract

In the Presence of an Unknown Light is an original operatic setting of an early chapter of Les Misérables by Victor Hugo. In the scene, Monseigneur Bienvenu visits a former member of the French Convention who is close to death. The work is characterized by the heavy use of leitmotif to connect the music to the characters and themes within the text. The form, following the text, divides the scene into several smaller sections, each with their own musical vocabulary. The composition employs a variety of musical styles, including nueva canción, to connect the nineteenth-century text with a twenty-first-century audience.

Degree type

MM

Degree Name

Master

People

Hugo, Victor, 1802-1885

Language

English

Local Identifiers

ScardettaThesis_2017

Rights Statement

Copyright is held by the author.

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