Hidden Connections : Exploring extra-musical and existing musical materials through a portfolio of compositions. / Thomson, Kelvin.

2020. 102 p.

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abstract = "This thesis consists of a portfolio of eight compositions, an accompanying commentaryand recordings of the works on USB Stick. The portfolio comprises printed scores for alarge orchestra, various small ensembles, vocal music, and a bassoon concerto for youthorchestra.The works presented in the portfolio offer new insights into generating musical ideasby exploring extra-musical and existing musical materials as part of the compositionalprocess. Extra-musical refers to inspiration and techniques drawn from other disciplinesincluding poetry, mathematics, science and architecture. Existing musical refers torethinking and or incorporating existing music of my own and of others. Thecompositions exhibit a gradual move from a systematic and technical approach to afreer and more instinctive method in which systems are used as starting pointframeworks supporting the search for a more intuitive sonic aesthetic.The commentary comprises a broad discussion of the creative processes undertaken andhow the portfolio relates to some movements and developments in currentcontemporary art music. The portfolio is contextualized with references to practitionerswho have influenced or resonated with my compositional output. These practitionersinclude: John Adams, Louis Andriessen and Alfred Schnittke, with particular regard totheir incorporation and acknowledgement of popular music; Luciano Berio and Gy{\"o}rgyLigeti whose music always sounds faultless in my view; and John Cage{\textquoteright}s uniqueaesthetic and Elliott Carter{\textquoteright}s creative longevity are provocative and stimulating. Iconsider all seven to be a joint nexus at the centre of my interest in post-1945contemporary classical music. I also refer to resonances found in the work of livingcomposers ranging from Sofia Gubaidulina (b. 1931) to Holly Harrison (b. 1988).",
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