Date of Award
Thesis and Dissertation
Master of Music (MM)
School of Music
Vitrales is a program piece for full orchestra that conveys a spiritual narrative – my own
personal spiritual narrative, in fact. I organized the piece into three sections: Questioning; Emptiness; and Awakening. The main themes of these sections are: Questioning of one’s faith and the fate of one’s eternal soul, Emptiness of not having something to believe in, and Awakening of one’s faith and a re-discovery of spirituality.
Vitrales (Spanish for stained glass) is inspired by my personal experience of looking at the stained glass windows housed in Sainte Chapelle Cathedral in Paris France and La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain. The Sainte Chapelle windows tell the story of the world from the beginning of time until the time when Saint Louis acquired Christ’s crown of thorns. As I looked at this massive narrative portrayed through glass, I began to reflect on my own personal journey. La Sagrada Familia displays bright and spectacular colors from the entire spectrum as the light emanating through it bounces off of the white interior of the cathedral. I used the bright light as a source of inspiration for the finale of the piece.
Gomez, Aaron, "Vitrales" (2019). Theses and Dissertations. 1186.