An Everywhere of Silver /

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Author / Creator:Taylor, Philip, author.
Ann Arbor : ProQuest Dissertations & Theses, 2016
Description:1 electronic resource (155 pages)
Format: E-Resource Dissertations
Local Note:School code: 0330
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Other authors / contributors:University of Chicago. degree granting institution.
Notes:Advisors: Augusta Read Thomas Committee members: Anthony Cheung; Marta Ptaszynska.
Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 77-12(E), Section: A.
Summary:Emily Dickinson's words evoke in me a kind of overwhelming vastness and ubiquity---a wild power just barely contained, just beyond one's reach. This poem is one of her many descriptions of the sea, though the silver that inspired me to write this piece comes instead from another everywhere: the sky. I have always been fascinated, obsessed, by the play of light and shadow in clouds illuminated by the sun, and Dickinson's poem resonates deeply with how the vastness of the sky entrances me and fills me with wonder. Silver and light also come to mind in the gentle brightness and iridescence of the harp's timbre, so on a personal level the title feels perfect for a harp concerto---an everywhere in which the instrument roils and flashes against a shimmering backdrop of other colors and temperaments. The work consists of two large movements which together form an enormous antecedent-consequent gesture, a single breath.