Master of Arts (MA)
Semester of Degree Completion
Bradley D. Decker
The purpose of Silence: for Orchestra is to incorporate silence as a captivating source of musical language. Silence's goal is to encourage the audience to appreciate silence as musch as music. David Huron's research in musical expectations served as a guide to create a piece that develops, contradicts, and conforms to a listener's expectations. Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis's work describes five functions of silence found in music. These functions can be applied to the silences used in my piece in order to further conform to the listener's expectations.
Darby, Kari, "Silence for Orchestra: Incorporating Silence in Musical Language through Theories of Expectation" (2016). Masters Theses. 2431.