Date of Degree
contour, noise, Saariaho, tension, timbre, vibrato
October in Galicia is a setting of selections from the Czech poet Ewald Murrer’s fantastical book, The Diary of Mr. Pinke, translated into English by Alicie Pi!t’ková. The surreal day-to-day happenings of Mr. Pinke occur in a timeless group of villages revealed by a translator’s note to be modeled on the historical region of Galicia (now part of Poland, Ukraine, and Russia). The tape part (or more accurately the digital audio files), which appears in “October 23rd,” consists of an organ recording that has been manipulated electronically. The electronic manipulations are subtle enough that the original pitches are always recognizable; therefore, the tape part is notated as pitches in the score.
Siegel, Karen J., "October in Galicia" (2014). CUNY Academic Works.
This composition and the essay, "Timbral Transformations in Kaija Saariaho's From the Grammar of Dreams," together constitute the author's dissertation but are otherwise unrelated.