Composition in improvisation: forms and otherwise

Davidson, Neil (2010) Composition in improvisation: forms and otherwise. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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This is a folio of compositions that interferes with composition and improvisation in
practice and in theory. A resistance to theme and content is countered by proposing a
very broad conception of form that brings into play anthropological and philosophical
examples as well as a questioning of traditional musical forms. The pieces in general
propose ways of composing and playing otherwise. The scores are interspersed with
texts which engender relationships and patterns of thought pertinent to the workings
of the pieces such that a critical position is articulated without resorting to longwinded
argument. Audio recordings of the pieces are included at the rear of the

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: Improvisation, Composition, Experimental Music,
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Colleges/Schools: College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts > Music
Supervisor's Name: Fells, Dr. Nicolas
Date of Award: 2010
Depositing User: Dr Neil J Davidson
Unique ID: glathesis:2010-2301
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 05 Jan 2012
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2012 13:53

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