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Title: PhD in Composition
Author: Bednall, David Neil
ISNI:       0000 0004 5922 085X
Awarding Body: University of Bristol
Current Institution: University of Bristol
Date of Award: 2014
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The theme of the works in this portfolio is the creation of an original and distinctive personal language through the use of traditional methods of composition and means of performance. The works have therefore had to rely on their musical argument alone. There is a common strand running through the three works, which is the use of the organ as an essential part of the ensemble. This instrument is used in a variety of guises across the works, including as a largely accompanimental force, as part of an ensemble, and as a 'sound source'. The works show a variety of approaches to structure, including pure musical structure along traditional lines, dramatic structure in accordance with textural considerations, and a more rhapsodic approach to structure in which the piece must achieve its argument through use of the material and the strength of each musical moment. The works are as follows: Trio for Clarinet, Bassoon and Organ - a large-scale suite in three movements; Welcome All Wonders - A Christmas Cantata - a 78-minute work scored for Choir, Trumpet, and Organ; The Phoenix - a rhapsodic work for violin and organ, which features a much freer approach to ensemble, necessitated by considerations of instrumental placing. Within the parameters of conventional instrumental use, I have explored issues of harmony, rhythm, form, and layering, and worked on aspects of drama and musical narrative. Contents: v.1. Composition portfolio (Trio for bassoon, clarinet and organ, Welcome all wonders : a Christmas cantata, The pheonix) -- v.2. composition commentary.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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