On Wednesday, April 26 at 6:30 PM, Daniel Gillen, HC’17, will give his Senior Thesis Presentation on his composition "Biomes" which features both recorded and live playing. This performance will be held in MacCrate Recital Hall, Union, and is free and open to the public.
As described by Daniel,
Biomes is a
musical microcosm of the world's ecological, climatic, geographic, and cultural
diversity. Through seven linked movements, this work is a modern take on the
nineteenth-century aesthetic of the character piece cycle, a time-honored
tradition championed by the Schumanns and their contemporaries. These movements
enrich both the old and modernistic vocabulary with a potpourri of influences
spanning from the polar icecaps to the tropical savannas of India and East
Africa. The music is evocative of the regions in question either through
texture and density, the use of culturally native forms, or the general flow
from one major thematic area to the next. Much respect is given to the various
cultural influences which include Andalusian flamenco, Arabic/Ottoman Turkish
samaisi, North Indian bandishes, Javanese gamelan pieces, and more.