SCARS OF MEMORY AN ORIGINAL ORCHESTRAL COMPOSITION WITH COMMENTARY
This thesis is divided into two parts: an orchestral work titled Scars of Memory and its commentary. Scars of Memory is a single-movement orchestral work for triple winds. It was inspired by a German poem Todesfuge written by Paul Celan, one of the most significant poet in the post-World War II era. In Todesfuge, Celan revealed the many horrors that occurred during the Holocaust. In Scars of memory, many musical elements were hence designed to symbolize the Holocaust and its horrid nature. The formal structure of Scars of memory is laid out as an Introduction-A-B-Coda plan, and the whole piece can be separated into six segments, which matches the six stanzas in Todesfuge. One of the most prominent feature of this piece is morphing, a concept that originated from electronic music. The commentary is divided into four chapters. Chapter I: preface, a summary of the origins of my orchestral piece, such as where I drew inspiration from and the how I proceeded my composition. Chapter II: analysis of Todesfuge, an introduction of the well-known poem Todesfuge and its writer Paul Celan. Chapter III: a detail description of compositional techniques utilized in Scars of Memory and the connections between the orchestra and the poem. Furthermore, I deconstructed the orchestra and examined from a few different perspectives: pitch materials, rhythm, texture and orchestration. Finally, Chapter IV: the conclusion, in this chapter I reviewed my former ensemble works, and rendered an introspection that have resulted in the composing of this orchestral work.