Narcissus, Concerto for Flute and Wind Orchestra: Original composition and analysis
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This dissertation is primarily the creation of a new work for solo flute and wind orchestra. The goal of Narcissus is to create a piece of music that expands upon the use of expression and timbre within the wind orchestra repertoire: an attempt to join the band repertoire with the more experimental approaches of other modern music. Narcissus avoids gratuitous displays of virtuosity, instead existing as a soloist-driven work with technical passages that are thematically justified. By exploring the philosophical background to this composition, and by presenting an analysis of the concerto, this dissertation aims to provide a comprehensive framework through which performers, composers, and musicians in general can approach this work.