EGAN, ERIC,SKYTTERHOLM (2010) Portfolio of compositions containing Symphony No. 104, From The Eumenides, Lost Words, String Quartet No. 2, String Quartet No. 3, 12 Miniatures, Non-Stable Equilibrium and a commentary on the compositions. Doctoral thesis, Durham University.
Symphony No. 104 - for orchestra
From The Eumenides - for mezzo soprano and cello
Lost Words - for large ensemble and singers
String Quartet No. 2 - for string quartet
String Quartet No. 3 - for string quartet
12 Miniatures - for amplified classical guitar
Non-Stable Equilibrium - for violin and piano
The portfolio of compositions contains seven pieces for a variety of vocal and instrumental and forces. Symphony No. 104, From The Eumenides, Lost Words, String Quartet No. 2 and 12 Miniatures are cycles of miniatures, while String Quartet No. 3 and Non-Stable Equilibrium are throughcomposed. The latter two pieces were also conceived in brief musical sections. Each individual miniature or section is typified by focus on a single musical idea and their sequence was determined with the aim of contrasting and complementing different musical characters and styles. As a rule, the musical material was instinctively conceived and the music intuitively written. In the compositional process, particular attention was paid to clarity of form and musical expression. It is the composer’s desire that each section or movement be perceived as a coherent unit with an individual musical identity.
The commentary for the portfolio is divided into two parts. The first explores the theoretical framework behind the music. A number of different issues are addressed, the most prominent of which are the miniature format, the concept of experiential form and the notions of intuition and musical style. The second part of the commentary presents the individual compositions in a chronological order with a particular focus on compositional process, structure and form.
|Item Type:||Thesis (Doctoral)|
|Award:||Doctor of Philosophy|
|Keywords:||"contemporary music" "new music" "composition" "miniature" "form" "portfolio"|
|Faculty and Department:||Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Music, Department of|
|Copyright:||Copyright of this thesis is held by the author|
|Deposited On:||27 May 2010 08:59|