Rhapsody on a Character Theory is based off of the “Big Five” personality traits. This is a model used in psychology for describing the dimensions of personality. The five traits are Openness, Conscientiousness, Extraversion, Agreeableness, and Neuroticism (they are often identified by the acronym OCEAN). These inspire the form of the piece and the character of each section. Though exploring a variety of styles, the piece was composed with homogenous materials to reflect that the collection of these five traits defines one whole personality.