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Title: Metaphor as a tool for theologically-informed musical analysis of Sir James MacMillan's Triduum
Author: Parsons, W. George
ISNI:       0000 0004 5993 0384
Awarding Body: University of Sheffield
Current Institution: University of Sheffield
Date of Award: 2016
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My PhD thesis is focussed on providing a thorough analysis of the three works of Sir James MacMillan's Triduum triptych: The World's Ransoming, the Cello Concerto, and the Symphony 'Vigil'. These works are theologically orientated, with extra-musical inspirations for the three pieces taken directly from the Roman Catholic Triduum liturgy in each case. The analyses therefore seek to investigate specifically how the theological ideas of the liturgy are portrayed symbolically, without text, in MacMillan's music. Preceding the chapters of analysis concerned with the three works themselves is introductory work that seeks to outline a rationale and methodology for proceeding with specifically theologically-orientated analysis in MacMillan's music, including relevant engagement with current debates within musicology as to the validity of including extra-musical material in organicist analysis. Central to this, drawing on the work of five separate scholars across philosophical, theological, and musicological disciplines, is an attempt to highlight the relevance and suitability of metaphor as a fruitful concept that allows for theological-musical analysis in MacMillan's Triduum.
Supervisor: Nicholson, George Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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