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Thesis Title: An analysis of selected solo piano music by contemporary female Irish composers
Degree Type: MA
Degree Specialism: Performance
Supervisor(s): Dr Marion Doherty Hayden
Thesis Status: Accepted
Date Submitted / Accepted: June 2005
Institution Submitting / Submitted To: St. Patricks College, DCU
No. of Volumes (no. of pages): 1
Thesis Location / Link: Cregan Library, St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, Dublin 9
Persons / Composers: Rhona Clarke, Siobhan Cleary, Marian Ingoldsby, Mary McAuliffe, Anne-Marie O'Farrell, Jane O'Leary
Genres / Musical Instruments: Piano; Contemporary Irish music
Abstract: This study investigates the compositional styles of three contemporary female Irish composers as revealed in their piano music. Analysis of piano pieces of Marian Ingoldsby, Jane O’Leary and Mary McAuliffe shows that all three composers employ specific yet different methods of composition when writing for piano. While tone rows are employed by two of the composers, Marian Ingoldsby and Jane O’Leary, the end result is different in both cases. The third composition by Mary McAuliffe is more tonally based and sets out to reproduce the effect of a Scott Joplin rag with its sliding steps connected by leaps of the chord.

Through analysing the music, I have gained a greater knowledge, understanding and appreciation of how contemporary music is composed. This knowledge and understanding will influence my future engagement with contemporary piano music.

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