Date of Award
Master of Music (MM)
School of Music
The Seven Chambers of Prince Prospero is a multi-movement programmatic work inspired by Edgar Allen Poe’s The Masque of the Red Death. In Poe’s short story, Prince Prospero throws a lavish masquerade within his castle while the world outside suffers a deadly plague referred to as the “Red Death.” In Prospero’s castle exist seven peculiar chambers, each one a different color, in which partygoers mingle and celebrate life in the face of death. In this piece, each of the seven rooms are depicted with short character pieces, concluding with a musical interpretation of the dramatic narrative described in Poe’s short story.
Butler, Elliot Paul, "The Seven Chambers of Prince Prospero" (2023). Theses and Dissertations. 1659.