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Title: Seven towers : an orchestral cycle focused on different musical temporalities
Author: Marti, Cécile
ISNI:       0000 0004 6059 4162
Awarding Body: Guildhall School of Music and Drama
Current Institution: City, University of London
Date of Award: 2017
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This dissertation examines formal aspects of a seven work orchestral cycle. The composition is structured as a series of distinct pieces which can be played either independently or as one uninterrupted musical performance lasting 78 minutes. The temporal dimension of music is a determining factor in both the composition of music and its perception by the listener. This issue is particularly acute in the case of such a substantial, uninterrupted musical statement; therefore I have had to examine questions of temporality in some detail whilst composing this cycle. In the following research I try to distinguish different temporal structures from each other and show how they can shape music differently. Temporality will be first discussed in a wider context within the field of music generally. This is followed by a discussion of the seven different types of time exemplified in the seven pieces of the orchestral cycle. To achieve coherence throughout a cycle of 78 minutes’ duration, one needs some linking elements. Some of these elements will be illustrated in the musical analysis of the cycle itself. This research aspires towards a deeper understanding of musical development in time. It is possible that the typologies might have a wider applicability and assist other composers to shape music over longer durations such as those I have employed in this cycle. This research can possibly also give some further indications as to how the listener might follow music over large spans of time.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Mus.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: M Music