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Title: Perspectives of electroacoustic music : a critical study of the electroacoustic music of Jonathan Harvey, Denis Smalley and Trevor Wishart
Author: Alcorn, Pamela Mary
ISNI:       0000 0000 5276 0475
Awarding Body: Durham University
Current Institution: Durham University
Date of Award: 1992
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This thesis presents a study of the electroacoustic music of three composers living and working in Great Britain - Jonathan Harvey, Denis Smalley and Trevor Wishart - in the broader context of issues raised by the application of technology to music. The thesis has two main aims: to celebrate the diversity of musical languages to which the electroacoustic medium lends itself, as illustrated by the works of these three composers; and to discover and establish themes which suggest the existence of a common compositional aesthetic underlying these developments. To this end, the writings of each composer are discussed and compared in addition to their compositions. The particular question of the influence of technology on musical material and musical language, as illustrated through the works of Smalley, Harvey and Wishart, is examined, and related issues such as the effect of the mechanisms involved in the human perception of sound on the understanding of musical structure are discussed. Specific musical examples for chapter three (Denis Smalley) are presented on DAT tape, and listed in Appendix 1. An additional cassette is included, illustrating the analysis-by-tape method described in chapter three, preliminary sketches and melodic material for Jonathan Harvey's 'Ritual Melodies' (chapter four), and MIDI sketches for Wishart's orchestral dances (Conclusion); these are also listed in Appendix 1. All source material is listed in Appendix 6.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Literature