Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Music (MM)



First Advisor

Michael Schelle


The intent of my master's thesis is two-fold. First, I wanted to present a largescale work for orchestra that showcased the skills and craft I have developed as a composer (and orchestrator) to date. Secondly, since my goal as a composer is to work in Hollywood as a film composer, I wanted my large-scale work to function as a film score, providing the emotional backbone and highlighting action for a major motion picture. In order to achieve this, I needed a film that was both larger-than-life and contained, in my opinion, an easily replaceable score (or no score at all). After considering and viewing several different films of various genres, the 1956 MGM sci-fi classic Forbidden Planet seemed to be the perfect choice.


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