2014 Student Research Conference:
27th Annual Student Research Conference

Block Construction and Neighbor Note Relationships as Structural Determinants in "Retrato VI" by Costa Rican Composer Eddie Mora
Luis Viquez♦
Dr. Warren Gooch and Dr. Jesse D. Krebs, Faculty Mentors

Costa Rican Eddie Mora (b. 1965) has gained recognition as one of the most prolific clarinet composers from the Latin American region. Composer, conductor, educator and violinist, his music has been awarded several prizes in Costa Rica and has been recorded and performed throughout the Americas and Europe. As a guest conductor he has toured Nicaragua, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Russia. Among his music, the cycle "Retratos" consists of six instrumental compositions from chamber music to larger ensembles. Retrato VI stands out in Mora`s clarinet compositions due to the challenges that it presents for the performers and conductor. The purpose of the presentaton is to explore the compositional language of Eddie Mora through use of block construction and neighbor note relationships as elements that determine structure and coherence in this outstanding masterwork.

Keywords: Theory, Politonality, Neighbor Tones, Clarinet, Chamber Music, Costa Rican music, Latin American Rhythms, Chamber Enseembles


Presentation Type: Performance Art

Session: 1-1
Location: OP Performance Hall
Time: 9:30

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