Date of Graduation

5-2017

Level of Access

Open Access

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department or Program

Music

Number of Pages

108

First Advisor

Miura, Hiroya

Abstract

For centuries, composers have frequently endeavored to fulfill two tasks: to compose music that tells a story with some degree of concreteness, what musicologists call “program music,” and to represent a subject that stimulates a set of ideas in the listener. Gibbon’s Rome is an endeavor to accomplish both. First, it explores the world of the Roman Empire as told by the English historian Edward Gibbon (1737-1794) in his magnum opus The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. Second, it represents Ancient Rome as it musically exists in the minds of modern western listeners.

The recording of the premiere performance may be found here.

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