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Title: Commentary to compositional portfolio
Author: Cutler, Joe
Awarding Body: Durham University
Current Institution: Durham University
Date of Award: 2003
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The contents of the following portfolio represent the main core of my compositional work during the period of 1992-1998. The presented material can be divided into two halves: Pieces 1-5 were composed whilst I was a part-time student based in Durham (1992-93) and pieces 6-13 have been composed since moving to Poland (October 1993) where I spent three years studying as a post-graduate at the Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw (1993-96). The early pieces (such as Blow-Out, Gaia and Blast!) seek to explore a high degree of musical abrasiveness and attempt to use sound in a raw and sometimes shocking way. They are highly influenced by a very direct approach to the canvas taken by the Abstract Expressionists of visual art, and in particular the work of Willem de Kooning. Blocks of highly contrasting sound materials are juxtaposed in order to intensify the sense of extremity, whilst musical gestures are often jagged, violent and angular.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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