A Personal Experience in India through a Musical Composition
During my study abroad experience in the large city of Pune in Maharashtra, India during the summer of 2012, I found myself immersed in the richness of the surrounding culture. Three distinct aspects of my trip captivated me the most: the bustling, wild traffic, the spiritual nature of Indian music and the dedication of those who performed it, and the dependence Indians had on the annual monsoons to provide water for the city. These three fascinating aspects of my journey led me to compose a sort of musical diary, expressing these sensations. As I was composing the three-movement wind quintet, I explored the musical device known as exoticism (using foreign musical gestures to evoke distant lands or locales) and the social construct of Orientalism. I was interested to know if my piece contained Orientalism or exoticism, and if I intended it to be that way.