Date of Award

5-16-2008

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.M.

Degree Program

Music

Department

Music

Major Professor

Sieg, Jerry

Second Advisor

Williams, Robin H.

Third Advisor

Hammann, James

Abstract

Leyla and Mejnun for string quartet relates a classical Middle Eastern love story. A young poet named Qays Ibn Al-Mulawwah fell in love with his cousin Leyla. He went mad when her father prevented him from marrying her. The music consists of four interwoven movements. The Prelude is based on a motif in F# played by the first violin, then by the second violin on Bb, and finally by the viola and cello altogether, respectively in D and Ab. It ends with a final restatement of the motif on the second violin with pizzicato on the three other instruments. The Prelude is followed by a dramatic transition that leads to the Love Theme which is treated as a theme and variations. The third movement is a Scherzo based on a Middle Eastern dance called Dabke. It ends with an Epilogue whose materials stem from the Prelude.

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