Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Music



First Advisor

Worthen, Douglas


AN ABSTRACT OF THE THESIS OF REBECCA L. NEWBURN, for the Master of Music degree in Theory/Composition, presented on May 2, 2015, at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. TITLE: DAYDREAM MAJOR PROFESSOR: Dr. Armando Bayolo My final thesis is an approximately eleven minute work for orchestra. It can be viewed either as a single movement with three subsections, or a piece with three movements that are each performed without pause. Daydream should be viewed as programmatic, in that the idea for this piece comes from a dream experiment. Wishing to increase the frequency of my dreams, I chose an object on which to focus as I was attempting to fall asleep, hoping that this concentration would free my mind from other things and produce dreams. While my chosen object, a lava lamp, did not seem to bring about any dreams, I did realize that the slow build-up of heat and the eventual bubbling of wax could easily translate into a musical idea. There are four sections, loosely entitled "Daydream", "Awakening", "Nightmare" and a return to "Daydream".




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