Composition Department

Jonathan Sokol, DM 2011

Gradient: Waves [12:15] February 5, 2011, IU dissertation
IU New Music Ensemble; David Dzubay, conductor

A Mythology (2009) + 3 perc/harp/piano/strings
IU Concert Orchestra, Charles Latshaw, director.
Reading, November 29, 2009

Jonathan Sokol (b. 1981) is currently a doctoral candidate at the 
Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he has studied with 
Sven-David Sandstrom, Michael Gandolfi, Claude Baker, and P. Q. Phan.

Sokol's music has been performed by the Cleveland Chamber Symphony and 
the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and he has received international 
performances in the UK, the Netherlands, Germany and Brazil. Selected 
awards include: winner of the 8th annual NEC/BMOP ConNECtion 
competition (2005); winner of the Indiana University Kuttner String 
Quartet competition (2007); winner of the 2nd annual MAYO Composition 
Contest (2009); and recipient of an ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young 
Composer’s Award (2010).


A Mythology attempts to reinterpret literary forms and ideas into 
music. Structures that began in the realm of prose—i.e. Essays and 
Poems, among others—have over time found new life in musical thought, 
and mythologies, too, are unique in form and content, often exceeding 
the legends, folktales, stories and moral offerings to which some 
misconceptions limit them.

While not a literal re-telling of any one particular Myth, A Mythology 
is rather a celebration of the commonality between innumerable cultures 
and religions whose mythic fables seek to identify solutions, usually 
via the supernatural, to life’s greatest mysteries. One such mystery is 
the creation of the world (including humanity, life and the universe), 
and this is the specific type of myth that A Mythology explores.

Every culture and religion has various explanations and stories 
regarding the world’s birth, firmly rooted in the mythology of its 
people. Furthermore, and especially with creation myths, common threads 
or motifs run throughout, often providing an underlying skeletal 
structure that is seemingly reinterpreted by other cultures. A 
Mythology latches onto these motifs and tells its own narrative of