Date of Award
Master of Music (MM)
School of Music
Martha C. Horst
THE STORY OF DON RABBIT AND SEXY CARROT
FOR VARIETY ORCHESTRA
Lisa M. Eleazarian
58 Pages May 2014
This thesis project follows the form and model of a tone poem using a compositional style of cartoon music.
The piece acts as a musical representation of a cartoon, in which a rabbit falls in love with a carrot, chases the carrot, and finally catches the carrot only to eat it and die at the end of his meal. The plot line fits well into sonata form, a common western classical music form. The piece is divided into three movements based on a handful of frames from the cartoon. The first movement introduces the main character. The second movement begins and develops the story. The third movement focuses on one particular frame from the cartoon.
This orchestral piece includes several instruments not commonly found in an orchestra such as two saxophones, an electric guitar, a drum set, a coffee grinder and dish sets. The piece uses these instruments both to create sound effects and to represent the personalities of the characters in the story.
The piece utilizes three main themes. Two of these themes represent the two main characters, while the other represents a love theme. Different events of the story control the development or changes of these themes.
The piece utilizes several different compositional techniques depending on the events of the story. The first movement uses a purely diatonic harmonic language, while the other two movements alternate between diatonic and other harmonic techniques. Several musical genres appear in each movement to represent the characters' personalities and different location settings.
Eleazarian, Lisa, "The Story of Don Rabbit and Sexy Carrot" (2014). Theses and Dissertations. 164.