Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name



Music Composition

Degree Program

Music with a concentration in Music Composition, MM

Committee Chair

Ogden, Allison

Committee Co-Chair (if applicable)

Wolek, Krzysztof

Committee Member

Wolek, Krzysztof

Committee Member

Carithers, Kirsten

Author's Keywords

Music composition; experimental music; opera; contemporary music; voice; horror


After receiving news that his mother’s cancer has taken a turn for the worse, Brian must face the inevitability of her passing. He refuses to let her go without a fight, however, and attempts to buy time with rituals and strange objects from his eccentric, late family. But dark and mysterious things begin to lurk around their home, and Brian sees what comes of attempting to ward off death. An encounter with a strange figure forces Brian to face his inability to let go of what he cannot control. This work is adapted by the composer from Travis Brown’s short story of the same name with the kind permission of the author. Duration: c. 25’ Scene I: 5’30” Scene II: 3’00” Scene III: 5’30” Scene IV: 7’30” Epilogue: 3’30”

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