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Title: Portfolio of musical compositions
Author: Shieh, Philip C. J.
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1997
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Scooping the Moon is a tone poem for chamber orchestra. It was commissioned by the Phiharmonia Orchestra in 1995. In this work I set out to combine serial and modal techniques in an integrated way. The Copper Mirror is an epic opera based on a Chinese opera with lyrics written by Li Jing in 1566. In this work I developed a system of inflectional modes. This English version is translated and rearranged by me with the co-operation of Mr. Jack Shea. The text setting was assisted by Mr. Leon Coates. Graphics is an orchestral work exploring serial technique in which I explored the contextual theory for the first time. A Garden City is a chamber work for clarinet quintet in which I explored the inverted modes of limited transposition. Landscapes of the Dream is the original musical for the experimental film of the same title, produced and directed by Lin Tai-jou. The music was composed according to Lin's storyboard which is presented as an appendix. Waves is a further example of film music (also written for Lin Tai-jou) in which I applied serial music technique in the content of film and tried to integrate film and music in a detailed storyboard. I calculated the timing of events in the film and composed music precisely for the drama. The music score includes musical notation, and dialogue and pictures from the storyboard. The original storyboard is enclosed as appendices. Nuance is an orchestral work in which I explored the possibilities of combining inverted modes of limited transposition and the contextual serial system as a full-scale technique. This includes extracting serial sets from scales, deriving scales from serial sets, and bringing both into integration.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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