First Advisor

George Colligan

Date of Award

Spring 6-2022

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Music (B.M.) in Music: Jazz and University Honors


Music & Theater




Composition (Music), Archetype (Psychology), Folk music -- Bulgaria, African Americans -- Music




The confluence of several disciplines is explored through the investigation of archetypes, stories, folklore, and myths within the realm of music composition. This research aims to draw fresh conclusions which contend with some of the meanings of being a human. All research is done in conjunction with the creation of a new body of compositions written and arranged for piano, upright bass, and drum set. The academic objective of these pieces is to combine many of the salient characteristics of Bulgarian Folk music with those of Black American music. The supporting research in this essay examines centuries of migration, conflict, and resilience experienced by the two traditions, respectively, while also examining the significance of a threatened collective identity as an impetus for storytelling, spirituality, and a heightened presence of the Jungian Self.


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An undergraduate honors thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Music in University Honors and Jazz Piano.

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