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Interaction with traditional Chinese music in a portfolio of original compositions

Zhou, Tie 2023. Interaction with traditional Chinese music in a portfolio of original compositions. PhD Thesis, Cardiff University.
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This thesis concerns the influences of traditional Chinese music and Chinese ethnic minority music, including the pentatonic scale, the timbre of traditional instruments, and the introduction of the concept of percussion in traditional opera as they are reflected in my compositions. The portfolio of compositions includes works for soloists, duets, solo instruments with electronics, chamber opera, chamber music, large-scale orchestral music, Chinese and Western mixed chamber music, and choral music demonstrating a process of stylistic formation through a large variety of compositional genres. The commentary discusses the sources of different musical materials, reflecting on and describing the compositional process and the different directions my music composition has taken over the course of my doctoral studies. After first presenting my compositional outlook and theoretical background, several of the compositions are discussed in detail. The incorporation of Chinese minority music sources, such as the techniques of Mongolian vocals and traditional Tibetan instruments, is also described. Additionally, there is a reflection on compositional techniques such as harmony, timbre and orchestration, which are influenced by ideas of oriental colour and contemporary music of Europe. Lastly, the process of finding a new compositional language that is appropriate to the times and new cultural contexts is explored in the conclusion.

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Status: Unpublished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: 5 March 2024
Last Modified: 05 Mar 2024 16:19

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