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Title: The music of Hubert Parry : a critical and analytical study
Author: Dibble, Jeremy
Awarding Body: University of Southampton
Current Institution: University of Southampton
Date of Award: 1986
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This study is designed to explore the nature of Hubert Parry's musical style and focuses on four major areas of his output, those being chamber music, orchestral music, works for soloists, chorus and orchestra and songs. The first section discusses Parry's largely neglected contribution to instrumental music, primarily in terms of structure and tonality. The developments of Parry's formative years are assessed, taking into account his musical environment and education and his awareness of mainstream developments; this involves an examination of the crucial influences and structural models that Parry assimilated. There then follows an assessment of Parry's technical consolidation in which an individual approach to form is seen to emerge. Finally there is a discussion of Parry's most imaginative structures concentrating mainly on cyclic procedures, in particular the structural compression of perhaps his finest Instrumental work, the Fifth Symphony. The second part is a study of the vocal works devoted primarily to analysis of selected pieces for soloists, chorus and orchestra. Matters of structure are again considered, together with Parry's attitude to the problems of word-setting, and an attempt is also made to establish the most important sources of influence, particularly in the earlier major choral works. The section concludes with an examination of selected items from Parry's large corpus of songs. The final section is a study of other stylistic features such as melody, rhythm, and most notably the formation of an individual harmonic language. This study is supported with references to Parry's own articles, books and, most important of all, his own personal diaries and letters which have, upon fresh scrutiny, provided concrete evidence of works he studied and heard. They have also proved invaluable with regard to his own works, where it has been possible to obtain a clear chronological perspective. As a result, a full catalogue has been supplied in the appendix.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Literature