Date of Award
Master of Music
The Fugitive is a sixteen-minute song cycle for modified pierrot ensemble and computer. The piece is an eclectic work, which combines twelve-tone and minimalist techniques. The pitch material is taken from a tone row, with tonal lines that are derived from the row and which freely repeat motives. The title and text are extracted from a collection of poems by Rabindranath Tagore. Donnacha Dennehy, Alban Berg, Maurice Ravel, and Samuel Barber provided inspiration for the text setting and orchestration. The computer part is to be played by a performer running patches through the Pure Data program. The patches variously generate pitches and tempos, record and play back live sound, and generate drones.
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