Consisting of two volumes comprising a critical commentary and a folio of scores (including sound recordings), this submission addresses a variety of compositional techniques and styles in the creation of programmatic compositions. These styles and techniques emanate from a mixture of musical (minimalism, folk music, postmodernism) and non-musical stimuli (systems engineering and dance).
Consisting of four main chapters, the critical commentary contains an introduction which lays out my Mexican background, formal education as a musician, an engineer and a dancer. The other chapters seek to address the music, its programmatic content and associated compositional techniques, and are divided as follows: programmatic works linked to particular issues of technique, works for physical theatre and works with an emphasis on narrative and story telling.
Chapter two, programmatic works linked to particular issues of technique comprises: Dunerunner for solo ukulele, The Thundergod a concerto for percussion ensemble and orchestra, Sol y Luna [Sun and Moon] for recorder ensemble and guitar and Tales of the Enchanted Lake for one hand piano.
Chapter three, works for physical theatre comprises: Songs of the Earth Mother for Barbershop Quartet and accompanying instruments, The Fire Gypsy for piano and violin and Sea Stories for piano solo.
Chapter four, works with an emphasis on narrative and story telling comprises: Starchildren a concerto for guitar and orchestra, The Jewelmaker for violin, cello and piano, Vibratica for brass septet and Journey to the Secret Garden for recorder ensemble, guitar and percussion.