Portfolio of compositions

Beattie, Alison Margaret (2019) Portfolio of compositions. MMus(R) thesis, University of Glasgow.

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This portfolio contains two works. The first, arising from equations describing chaotic systems, is a four-movement composition entitled Bifurcation of Nature. This is written for six amplified cellos, six amplified horns and field recordings. The second entitled Angle to the Sun, in two movements, and written for an acoustic ensemble, Flute, Bb Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Horn, Cello and soundscape, was developed from genetic concepts. This commentary discusses my compositional strategies in terms of a “Beyond Domain” approach and my investigations into the combination of instrumental forces and recorded media using ideas within the fields of spectralism, spectromorphology and mimetic discourse. Concepts of imagery and political allusion also form part of this discussion.

Item Type: Thesis (MMus(R))
Qualification Level: Masters
Keywords: Composition, music, acoustic instruments, electronic soundscape, field recordings, spectralism, spectromorphology, beyond domain, cello, horn, flute, clarinet, chamber instruments, chaos theory, genetics, blending of acoustic instruments with field recordings.
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Colleges/Schools: College of Arts & Humanities > School of Culture and Creative Arts > Music
Supervisor's Name: Hammond, Dr. Drew and Fells, Prof. Nick
Date of Award: 2019
Depositing User: Dr Alison Beattie
Unique ID: glathesis:2019-70944
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 17 May 2019 08:49
Last Modified: 05 Mar 2020 22:39
Thesis DOI: 10.5525/gla.thesis.70944
URI: https://theses.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/70944

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