The Fugitive

Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Music



First Advisor

Lenz, Eric

Second Advisor

Walczak, Christopher

Third Advisor

Stemper, Frank


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.




This thesis is only available for download to the SIUC community. Current SIUC affiliates may also access this paper off campus by searching Dissertations & Theses @ Southern Illinois University Carbondale from ProQuest. Others should contact the interlibrary loan department of your local library or contact ProQuest's Dissertation Express service.