Date of Award

Spring 5-9-2017

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Shafer Mahoney

Second Advisor

Suzanne M Farrin

Third Advisor

Philip A Ewell

Academic Program Adviser

Philip A Ewell


The subtitle of Spirits’ Dance is Sunrise Overture. This overture is composed with five different themes of spirits’ dances: Light, Air, Water, Earth and Fire. The piece starts with the wind breeze in the darkness, mimicked by woodwinds and brass blowing their instruments without producing a tone. When the Sun rises the piece quietly begins. The beginning and ending express the sunrise and the sunset with the Light spirits’ dance. Air spirits softly introduce Water spirits. Mischievous Earth spirits pop up and carry a practical joke after the beautiful water sprits’ dance. Marching of Fire spirits brings dryness to the land and it builds suspense until the fire burns down. The spirits sing a faint gleam of hope and praise and the light at last shines magnificently. The Sun sets with the light of the glory and the piece is ended. This piece can be interpreted as the Creation, the prosperity of a nation, or one’s path of life; it questions what the alpha and omega are.

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Composition Commons



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