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Degree Recital

Marco Neri, composition

27, March, 2022, 8 pm

Phillip T. Young Recital Hall, MacLaurin Building

Free admission





¿Aún escuchas mi voz?                                                                                                        


Rachel Cooper, Bb Clarinet

Kayleigh Francis, Alto Saxophone

Julien Haynes, Viola

Enrico Tuazon, Cello





if (on); update (off);                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    



Deniz Pekmezci, Percussions








Cleo Yong, Violin

Dana Wenzel , Artificial Violin






Marco Neri is from the class of Dr. Anthony Tan


This recital is presented in partial fulfillment of the requirements

for the Master of Music Composition program.

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Program Notes

In these works, I reflect on my aesthetic perspective about control and transformation in music. Each piece has a unique process, and I did not consciously create a connection between them. However, these two concepts remained latent and revealed the principle substance of these works.

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Control unfolds into two ideas: power and freedom. Power is the control exercised over another, and freedom is the control exerted over oneself. In a musical domain, this concept is closely related to timbre and represents an individual trait of the performers. Timbre depicts and separates them from the other instruments and instrumentalists. In this sense, timbre is the freedom of sound to manifest itself as the performer's singular and unrepeatable characteristic. In these works, the performers constantly labour to maintain their individuality. However, they are forced to merge with other instruments in this music and consequently renounce some of their freedom.

On the other hand, the concept of transformation means a shift in language: translation from one language to another. In this music, movement translates into sound and vice versa. The entity that decodes these languages is an interface closely related to the score. The music score for this music is not a paper. It is decoupled into fragments and scattered inside gadgets and computer programs. Thus, the interface is the core of these works, and the score is the equivalence of a translation interface.

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