Honors Scholars Collaborative Projects


The Elements

Publication Date

Spring 4-13-2021


The Elements is a five-movement composition for wind ensemble inspired by the five classical elements: earth, water, fire, air, and aether. These elements were once thought by Plato to be made of small, indivisible solids which were later named the Platonic Solids: the cube, the icosahedron, the tetrahedron, the octahedron, and the dodecahedron, respectively. I utilized compositional techniques developed in the twentieth century to explore these elements and their connections to their solids.

Faculty Advisor

Mark Volker

Document Type

Honors Thesis

1-Earth.wav (91284 kB)
Demo of Movement I: Earth, the Hexahedron

2-Water.wav (105048 kB)
Demo of Movement II: Water, the Icosahedron

3-Fire.wav (41512 kB)
Demo of Movement III: Fire, the Tetrahedron

4-Air.wav (117748 kB)
Demo of Movement IV: Air, the Octahedron

5-Aether.mp3 (11868 kB)
Demo of Movement V: Aether, the Dodecahedron