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Title: The sound of Gaudí : methods of interpreting Antoni Gaudí's building designs into the domain of musical composition
Author: Shafiee, Sayyid
ISNI:       0000 0004 7660 5823
Awarding Body: Birmingham City University
Current Institution: Birmingham City University
Date of Award: 2018
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Inspiration behind writing musical works can appear in many forms including visual. This project was created in response to a range of visual stimuli including both the architecture and architectural designs of the Spanish architect Antonio Gaudí (1852-1926), delivered into the domain of musical composition. The results are presented in the form of a portfolio of original musical compositions alongside a supporting commentary in which the musical results derived from the compositional methods explored during the period of study are examined. Consisting of ten pieces that together form a sequence of works derived from various facets related to Gaudí's architecture, the contents of the portfolio vary in instrumentation, ranging from a solo instrumental piece through to a work for full symphony orchestra. This practice-based research explores two contrasting processes, interpreted within the domain of musical composition, examining the question of how these approaches can justify the musical outcomes. The first method was developed through working with elements of systematisation within the musical materials following compositional systems inspired by Gaudí's architecture. The second explored intuitive composition based on personal interpretation, physical experience, and intellectual analysis relating directly to Gaudí's creations. Alongside seventy minutes of music, the supporting commentary contains a detailed description and evaluation of the artistic process towards the completion of this project, explicating the research.
Supervisor: Cutler, Joe ; Clancy, Sean Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: K100 Architecture ; R400 Spanish studies ; W300 Music