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Title: The Pierrot ensembles
Author: Dromey, Christopher
Awarding Body: King's College, London
Current Institution: King's College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2010
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The ‘Pierrot’ ensemble of mixed single strings, winds and piano has become standard in contemporary music, yet it is a genre that had neither been categorised nor explored analytically. This novel line-up, derived from Arnold Schoenberg’s Pierrot lunaire, Op. 21 (1912), inspired a new, British-led repertory that influenced composition as much as concert life. I chronicled this lineage of Pierrot ensembles to offer an alternative reading of twentieth-century music and culture. The thesis included analysis of salient works by Peter Maxwell Davies, Elisabeth Lutyens and Humphrey Searle, and drew on research in the Paul Sacher Stiftung (Basel) and Britten-Pears Archive (Aldeburgh), rediscovering previously unpublished works by Harrison Birtwistle and Benjamin Britten.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: King's College London ; Musica Britannica ; Society for Music Analysis
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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