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Portfolio of compositions with technical commentary

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

The compositions in this portfolio explore how traditional models and borrowings can underpin and operate in new musical contexts. Musical borrowings from different eras and genres have a distinctive role within each new piece and are presented in a clearly recognisable form or without overt reference. Generally, elements originating from an existing piece or a traditional source appear in a different form, altered or varied and placed alongside modern elements and modes of continuity. The majority of the pieces borrow from Western Art Music (La déploration sur la mort de Johannes Ockeghem for mixed chamber ensemble, Sainte Marie Virgine for chamber orchestra, Fantasia for solo Violin, Erased Mozart for mixed ensemble, and Miniature based on a Theme of Sibelius for piano). The others borrow from Greek-Cypriot secular and folk music (Sampach for mixed ensemble, Sonata da Chiesa for violin and piano, Still Climbing for piano trio, and the string quartet Terti). The commentary examines the relationship between the borrowed material and the new work and discusses aspects of the compositional processes and techniques used in each piece.
Original languageEnglish
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Award date1 Mar 2020


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