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Title: Compositional portfolio
Author: O'Leary, J. P.
Awarding Body: Queen's University Belfast
Current Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Date of Award: 2013
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The enclosed thesis consists of three components. The first is comprised of a portfolio of seven original compositions: THREE, 3 Fragments, Music for Flute and . Percussion Trio, Sixty-three, SJU, 3 Polish Songs, and Softly at Night the Stars are Shining. The second component is a music CD containing live recordings of all compositions, as well as supplementary recordings. A prose commentary, detailing all compositions in the portfolio, constitutes the final element in the thesis. The composition portfolio is written for acoustic instruments, as well as voice, and utilizes ensembles ranging from small chamber groups to full symphony orchestra. My main research goal was to establish quarter tones as a core part of my musical language, equal in status to standard pitches. Instrumental timbre and the formal architecture of music are also key elements investigated in my pursuit of a new compositional language.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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