This document will utilize the author's work on the developmental musical, From Here, to analyze the contemporary process of composing, arranging, and orchestrating a musical. Further, this document will highlight research on the process of composition by some of Broadway's best known composers, as well as the author's creative process of composing, arranging, and performing From Here. One key aim of the composition process will be to create music that supports the story and, thereby, reflects the emotions of the characters. While the end of the musical examines the tragedy of the 2016 Pulse nightclub attack in Orlando, Florida, USA, the rest of the musical reflects other realities of life including the joy of love and friendship. In support of creating visceral musical "emotion", the author will document the process of creating music themes, called motifs, and chord structures that help define and carry the emotion of songs. By researching the process of living, successful, Broadway-level composers, and documenting the process of this composer, the author hopes to offer a blueprint for future composers to create emotionally-infused, dynamic, story-centric scores.
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Snyder, Tara D.
Master of Arts (M.A.)
College of Arts and Humanities
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Bailey, Jason, "The Process of Composing FROM HERE: A Contemporary Musical" (2020). Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2020-. 10.