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Title: Empathetic processes, poetic forms, and heterogeneous approaches to composition
Author: Gutierrez , Ignacio Brasa
Awarding Body: University of Southampton
Current Institution: University of Southampton
Date of Award: 2013
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Finding a balance between intellectual tools and a spontaneous development of ideas is one of the most challenging aspects of composition. With the common ground of a preference for rich and varied musical grammars, this thesis looks at three different strategies to organize materials and structures, and explores the individuality and variety that emerges from an improvisatory approach to writing music. The research that is described in this commentary has resulted in the development of a rational system that, using mathematical constants, modifies pitch, durations and dynamics in a continuous and predetermined way. The relevance of this method lies on its potential to unfold directional material and create subtle deviations from an original sound or group of sounds. A second strategy explores music in which motivic connections relate analogously to poetic structures. This approach reveals the potential of literary forms to construct meaningful musical nanatives; phonetic resemblances are translated into motifs in order to experiment with the proportions and rhythms of poetry. Finally, free compositional strategies (variant types of improvisation) have been used to create a comprehensive musical language. Making use of textures and techniques that derive from the previous two strategies, this approach draws upon atonality and elements borrowed from functional tonality to outline heterogeneous narratives. In relation to form, the contrast between complex textures and simple settings, and the coexistence of diverse materials, contribute to yield dynamism and directionality. Richness is an essential part of this language as musical objects are frequently presented in a wide variety of forms.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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