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Title: A long sell : the disproportionate appeal of Frank Bridge's musicto familiar listeners, and its impact upon his reception, 1912-36
Author: Weber, David
ISNI:       0000 0004 5992 7599
Awarding Body: University of West London
Current Institution: University of West London
Date of Award: 2016
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The thesis of this research project is that the music of Frank Bridge (1879-1941) is characterised by recurring effects that are disproportionately appealing to familiar listeners, and that these effects have had a significant impact on the shape of his critical reception. Two types of effect are described, which arise respectively out of genre and hierarchical structure, and are suggested by selected reviews of Bridge’s music. The composer’s treatment of genre is presented as subtle, complex, and misleading, creating what this thesis defines as generic misdirection, suggestions of genre within a musical work that act to veil a more fundamental and counter-generic aesthetic. These features are linked to the historical generic sensitivities of interwar British listeners, and potential effects on the listening experience are described. Similarly, the musical structures of Bridge’s later works are shown to be deceptively simple, partially veiled behind an appearance of complexity that arises out of surface features of lesser importance. This effect is argued to possess an ongoing significance for listeners, a likely influence on the experiences of present-day hearers of Bridge’s music. These effects are presented as an important part of understanding Bridge’s history and music, relevant to its dissemination and scholarly understanding. They also provide valuable new insights into the role of genre and structure in music listening, reception, and composition, and for the developing relationship between criticism and new music.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Music