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A portfolio of original compositions with commentary

Cullen, Adam (2020) A portfolio of original compositions with commentary. PhD thesis, Dublin City University.

This portfolio of compositions and analytical commentary explores the use of extra-musical stimuli for musical composition in various ways. Aspects of each piece are designed to address criticisms in the literature levelled against programme music, generating practical exceptions to what may be revealed as sweeping statements. The techniques used include the manner in which material is presented to an audience; exploiting the mutual interdependence of two artforms, having a musical, intuitive response to an external concept and, conversely, having a conceptual response to incomplete musical sketches. Discoveries which may be of value to other composers include a system for replicating tonic-dominant key-relationships among non-tonal pitch collections; a system for generating pitch material from beat tempo detection analysis; and the discovery of some guitar techniques which, if they are not new, are certainly rare enough to warrant greater exploration and exposure. Finally, any composers who feel deterred from writing programmatic music as a consequence of prohibitive comments in the literature may find some freedom to pursue those interests.
Item Type:Thesis (PhD)
Date of Award:March 2020
Supervisor(s):Clarke, Rhona and Buckley, John
Uncontrolled Keywords:Music Composition
Subjects:Humanities > Culture
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Science > School of Theology, Philosophy, & Music
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:24091
Deposited On:09 Apr 2020 15:20 by Seán Doherty . Last Modified 09 Apr 2020 15:20

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