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Title: Varied repetition : a collection of supporting techniques
Author: Yardley, Tomas Samuel
ISNI:       0000 0004 6348 1251
Awarding Body: King's College London
Current Institution: King's College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2017
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A collection of techniques, featured in my portfolio of compositions, which aim to support or bring about the re-emergence of musical ideas or objects in varied form. Chapter 1 observes the opposing approaches of Elliott Carter and Philip Glass towards musical repetition, and asserts my intention to use variation, or “varied repetition”, in order to place my own music at the centre of these two approaches. Compositional technique is then put forward as the means by which I intend to create varied repetition. I use Stravinsky’s rotational method as an example of such a technique. The introduction ends with some vital definitions. Chapter 2 offers two techniques, which both use rhythmic rotation in order to create varied repetition. Chapter 3 looks at a work by Harrison Birtwistle, which explores textural enrichment, and then develops the idea to apply two techniques that support variation. Chapter 4 offers examples from the music of Michael Tippett as a starting point for my “broken sequence” technique. Chapter 5 discusses one use of isorhythm by Olivier Messiaen and offers a further, personal approach towards the technique. Chapter 6 gives two methods by which harmonic transformation is achieved through incremental intervallic alterations. Chapter 7 takes a general glance at the musical language specific to the portfolio and suggests possible musical forebears. Chapter& 8 reiterates the importance of compositional techniques as observable mechanisms through which varied repetition can be achieved, and then details some of the developments my music has undergone during my doctorate. I conclude by asserting that the key to finding the middle ground between Elliott Carter and Philip Glass’s respective approaches towards repetition lies in the creation of a satisfying balance between repetition and variation.
Supervisor: Keeley, Robert Ian ; Milstein, Silvina Raquel Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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