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THOMAS, Augusta Read b. 1964
AUREOLE For orchestra. Commissioned by the DePaul University School of Music on the occasion of their Centennial ... conceived to precede a performance of the Beethoven Synmphony No 9 in D minor, Op. 125
Original art map drawing executed in black and various brightly-colored inks. Signed by the composer at upper right corner: "Augusta R. Thomas." 1 leaf. Oblong folio (11" x 17", ca. 280 x 432 mm). A dynamic visual representation depicting the nine sections of the work, each consisting of text, symbols, and/or musical notation defined by upright rectangular blocks, each outlined in a different color, with specific times relating to the stages of the work's progression indicated, the whole anchored by a single horizontal line representing the 8-1/2-minute duration of the piece. With metronome markings, explanatory notes, and performing directions above and below each block indicating pitch, dynamics, etc., and with various additional notes including "F# is hinted at ... because Beethoven is in D minor & later D major." With printed dedication to Dr. Donald E. Casey, Jr. at head. First performed in Chicago on May 29, 2013 by the DePaul University Orchestra, Cliff Colnot conducting. "The title, AUREOLE, refers to an encircling ring of light; radiance surrounding the head or the whole figure in the representation of a sacred personage or saint; a halo of concentric circles of light seen around a lumninous body, especially around the sun or moon. AUREOLE alludes tangentially to certain fundamental tonal centers of Beethoven Symphony Number 9 in D minor Op. 125." Augusta Read Thomas, program note "Surely the sacred personage in this situation is Beethoven himself. Thomas' use both of tonal centers and intervals crucial to the Ninth Symphony is a musical aureole around the earlier … [Click Below for Full Description]

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