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Title: Lennox Berkeley : a critical study of his music
Author: Stevens, Douglas
ISNI:       0000 0004 2725 2021
Awarding Body: University of Bristol
Current Institution: University of Bristol
Date of Award: 2011
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This thesis is concerned with a critical review of the music of Lennox Berkeley. It highlights features of Berkeley's compositional aesthetic that have hitherto remained elusive, in particular his use of sonata-form syntax and re-engagement with tonality. The premise is to show that Berkeley, despite his modest and self-deprecating temperament, acquired a secure and confident technique and developed a highly intricate and original compositional style. This style has its roots in neoclassical aesthetics and much French music of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and never really outgrows its profoundly tonal basis. The thesis begins with an extended contextual discussion of Berkeley's aesthetic, and continues by exploring the development of his style through analysis of specific compositions in chapters selectively covering his entire output by genre. This discussion includes extended analyses of the First and Third Symphonies, the operas Ruth and A Dinner Engagement, and chapters covering the choral music and song cycles. Wider issues relating to the impact of the war years on Berkeley's work, and his relationship with important figures such as Britten and Boulanger, are brought into consideration. The overall aim is to highlight the technical processes and aesthetic of a unique composer who is also an important case study within English music of the twentieth century.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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