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Temporal structuring in a portfolio of original compositions. Volume 2 of 2: Academic commentary

Boyd, Blair Elizabeth 2019. Temporal structuring in a portfolio of original compositions. Volume 2 of 2: Academic commentary. PhD Thesis, Cardiff University.
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This thesis consists of a portfolio of ten compositions, ranging in duration and instrumentation, accompanied by a written commentary, and (where possible) audio recordings of these pieces. Influenced by my concern to connect with physical movement, as well as develop my rhythmic practice, the portfolio investigates rhythm as a controller of form. The pieces contained within are informed by the principal concepts set for exploration for the duration of my PhD research: systematic rhythmic processes to guide both large-­‐scale and local design, repetition as a function of form within long-­‐range processes of continuity, as well as the significance of the perception of these processes. This commentary divides aspects of my research into five chapters. Chapter One outlines my influences and provides a context for my research aims. Chapter Two traces the evolution of my use of systematic rhythmic processes, specifically addressing approaches to long-­‐range temporal structure in works spanning the entire duration of my PhD. Following this, Chapter Three considers additional concerns of approach to temporal structure in pieces written in response to other art forms including poetry and visual arts. Systematic uses of pitch material, particularly concerning how pitch relates to the perception of treatments of time are investigated in Chapter Four. The final chapter, Chapter Five, provides an analysis of my monodrama The Yellow Wallpaper within the context of the previously considered topics. Lastly, future paths for further exploration are considered in the conclusion of this thesis.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Date Type: Completion
Status: Unpublished
Schools: Music
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 9 August 2019
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2020 02:15

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