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“Strange Attractors” for orchestra


2010 2010

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Abstract (summary)

In mathematics, a strange attractor is a self-referencing, dynamical system which evolves over time into a subtle, complex pattern. It walks a fine line between complete regularity and utter chaos, never repeating itself exactly but always cyclically haunting the same paths.

Like these transient mathematical forms, the instrumental lines in Strange Attractors possess contours, shapes, and melodies which recur in recognizable patterns throughout the piece, yet never twice repeat themselves in the same way—they are ever changing, evolving, and expanding.

The individual musical elements—such as the opening motif of the piccolo and celesta, the asymmetrical rhythmic pattern of the winds and strings immediately following, as well as the descending figure found in the violas and cellos at the conclusion of the first climax—together provide a dynamic and organic whole which is esthetically greater than a simple linear addition of their parts.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Music
Classification
0413: Music
Identifier / keyword
Communication and the arts; Original composition
Title
“Strange Attractors” for orchestra
Author
Bryant, Alexandra Tyler
Number of pages
35
Publication year
2010
Degree date
2010
School code
0187
Source
MAI 49/01M, Masters Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781124210131
Advisor
Gottschalk, Arthur
University/institution
Rice University
University location
United States -- Texas
Degree
M.M.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
1486077
ProQuest document ID
750965909
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/750965909
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