Document Type

Thesis

Abstract

Olympia is a one movement musical composition to be performed by a wind ensemble. Written for the composer’s honors capstone project, Olympia is an exploration into the world of composing for large musical ensembles. The main theme, heard in the trombone solo at measure 40, is the proverbial “voice in the wilderness” that heroically comes out of chaos and is heard throughout the piece in different forms. Starting in short score with piano and percussion, the piece was then orchestrated into the final version. Written in the fall of 2011 and the spring of 2012, Olympia was rehearsed and performed by the Western Kentucky University Wind Ensemble for a premiere on April 27th, 2012.

Advisor(s) or Committee Chair

Professor Michael Kallstrom

Disciplines

Arts and Humanities | Composition | Music | Music Performance