Document Type


Date of Degree Completion

Summer 1972

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



Committee Chair

Howard Barr

Second Committee Member

Joseph S. Haruda

Third Committee Member

Paul Creston


This paper presents an analytical discussion of the structure of Paul Creston's Narrative No. 2. An explanation of Mr. Creston's approach to composition is followed by a general description of the free-sectional form. Next, each section is investigated separately according to its rhythm, harmony, and melody. However, at the same time relationships between the sections are mentioned also. Some characteristics of Mr. Creston's style which are revealed in this study are his use of various rhythmic structures, pantonality, the lydian mode, and tangential variation.


A reel to reel tape of the author's graduate recital is available to view at CWU's Brooks Library Archives and Special Collections.