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Developmental Techniques as Structural Tools: A Commentary on Their Application in My Recent Music

Dickson, Brian (2011) Developmental Techniques as Structural Tools: A Commentary on Their Application in My Recent Music. Masters thesis, University of Huddersfield.

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    Abstract

    This thesis details my approaches to composition, focusing on methods of using development
    processes and techniques to benefit the structure of the work, with the goal of developing new
    methods and ideas to generate continuous material progression in my compositions. It reflects on
    my position as a composer coming into the project and which areas of my approach I wished to
    develop or change. The paper proceeds to focus on additive techniques with reference to
    minimalism, followed by studies on number patterns in relation to Tom Johnson and how he
    combines music and mathematics. I explore a new method of structuring compositions to assist
    constant material development and focus on a number of techniques I use to progress my music
    as part of this. These areas of focus include displacement, isorhythm and canon, and I analyse
    how successful these approaches are in a number of compositions and studies. In support and
    reference to these techniques I focus in on works by Ligeti and Nancarrow, examining how their
    approaches have directly or indirectly influenced my own.

    Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
    Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
    Schools: School of Music, Humanities and Media
    Depositing User: Lauren Hollingworth
    Date Deposited: 29 Mar 2012 12:14
    Last Modified: 29 Mar 2012 12:14
    URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/13094

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