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Title: Feast of La Tirana 2012 (Chile) : musical analysis and compositions based on field research (PhD portfolio)
Author: Alvarez, Ricardo
ISNI:       0000 0004 5916 4333
Awarding Body: University of York
Current Institution: University of York
Date of Award: 2015
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This portfolio presents the results of my doctoral research, Feast of La Tirana 2012 (Chile): Musical analysis and compositions based on field research, developed in the Music Department of The University of York from 2011 to 2015. This project is based on fieldwork developed in La Tirana, a small village located in the arid desert of Atacama, Chile, in 2012. Here, nearly two-hundred-thousand of the faithful attend the celebrations for the Virgin Carmen every 16th July, giving rise to a celebration known as ‘The Feast of La Tirana’. The aim of this research was to investigate the characteristic musical parameters and practices found in La Tirana, and to explore new creative possibilities afforded by their application in a variety of musical contexts (specifically big band composition, small and large jazz group performance, contemporary chamber music, live performance with electronics, and rule-based contemporary systems music). The research included ethnomusicological inquiry, in parallel with an ongoing dialogue with performers from La Tirana, which was principally intended to inform the creative practice (composition and performance) that is the focus of this portfolio. This supporting research resulted in two articles that additionally seek to update the musical analyses available in English and Spanish on the music of the Atacama desert. The outcome of this process is a portfolio of six practical projects and two accompanying articles.
Supervisor: Eato, Jonathan Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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