Title

Expressions of the Soul

Presenter Information

Mackenzie Cahill

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC Ballroom D

Start Date

17-5-2012

End Date

17-5-2012

Abstract

The different musical structures used in a piece allows for the expression of inner human longings. An understanding of the motivation to express inner longings is needed to explain the content of what an individual composer is attempting to portray in his/her work of musical art. People have needs and wants that they are drived to express. People are motivated to use a means of communication to convey them. So embedded within the musical structures of a piece is the “content” of those longings raised to the surface for the “eyes” of the people in the audience to see. The author will look into and try to better understand the “complex structures” behind musical works of well-known composers to search for how music expresses longings of human-beings. Afterwards, if accepted, the author will perform one composition of hers on piano to an audience at Central Washington University. Afterwards, she will open it up to the audience and pose her question. The audience will be asked to give their own opinions on how well-known composers have used different structural components in music to express what is on the composers’ hearts and minds. She will transition and focus on the audiences’ responses to her own composition. She will ask the audience to give their opinions on how she emphasized certain structural components to express her “mind.” She will close the discussion with the hope that people will take away a deeper sense of how music is used to express humanity.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Bret Smith

Additional Mentoring Department

Music

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Expressions of the Soul

SURC Ballroom D

The different musical structures used in a piece allows for the expression of inner human longings. An understanding of the motivation to express inner longings is needed to explain the content of what an individual composer is attempting to portray in his/her work of musical art. People have needs and wants that they are drived to express. People are motivated to use a means of communication to convey them. So embedded within the musical structures of a piece is the “content” of those longings raised to the surface for the “eyes” of the people in the audience to see. The author will look into and try to better understand the “complex structures” behind musical works of well-known composers to search for how music expresses longings of human-beings. Afterwards, if accepted, the author will perform one composition of hers on piano to an audience at Central Washington University. Afterwards, she will open it up to the audience and pose her question. The audience will be asked to give their own opinions on how well-known composers have used different structural components in music to express what is on the composers’ hearts and minds. She will transition and focus on the audiences’ responses to her own composition. She will ask the audience to give their opinions on how she emphasized certain structural components to express her “mind.” She will close the discussion with the hope that people will take away a deeper sense of how music is used to express humanity.