Title of Abstract

Columns: Using Music to Create Emotions and Mental Images

Submitting Student(s)

Madison Bush

Session Title

Performance Session

Faculty Sponsor (for work done with a non-Winthrop mentor)

Mark Lewis, Ph.D.

College

College of Visual and Performing Arts

Department

Music

Abstract

Columns is a piece written for string orchestra and solo violin. The title refers to the shape tornadoes, which are violently rotating columns of air. Similarly, the piece is a reflection of this motion. However, the focal point of the piece is not a tornado itself, but rather a spinning pillar of light that, given the correct set of conditions, will spin for a certain period of time. The intention of the piece is to create imagery for the listener that closely follows the direction, structure, and character of the music itself. The opening slow section is the steady formation of the column. Like a tornado, the column will gain momentum as it increases in size, which is represented in the faster sections. The concluding slow section reflects the column losing energy and power, then slowly dissipating as the surrounding environment stabilizes.

Start Date

15-4-2022 12:00 PM

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Apr 15th, 12:00 PM

Columns: Using Music to Create Emotions and Mental Images

Columns is a piece written for string orchestra and solo violin. The title refers to the shape tornadoes, which are violently rotating columns of air. Similarly, the piece is a reflection of this motion. However, the focal point of the piece is not a tornado itself, but rather a spinning pillar of light that, given the correct set of conditions, will spin for a certain period of time. The intention of the piece is to create imagery for the listener that closely follows the direction, structure, and character of the music itself. The opening slow section is the steady formation of the column. Like a tornado, the column will gain momentum as it increases in size, which is represented in the faster sections. The concluding slow section reflects the column losing energy and power, then slowly dissipating as the surrounding environment stabilizes.