Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Music



First Advisor

Walczak, Chris


Non-Nutritive Serial Varnish is a song written and arranged for big band which explores several stylistic and compositional techniques developed during the 20th century. Serial techniques are used as the structural underpinning during melodic presentation. Eventually these serial structures work their way to the surface to reveal themselves as source material. The salient aesthetic, overarching form and harmony are derived from conventional jazz. The use of semi-improvised melodic modules is also employed.



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.