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Thesis 1

Thesis Title: Portfolio of original compositions for various performing groups with detailed analyses
Degree Type: MA
Degree Specialism: Composition
Thesis Status: Accepted
Date Submitted / Accepted: 2011
Institution Submitting / Submitted To: Waterford Institute of Technology
No. of Volumes (no. of pages): 2 (Vol.1 143pp, Vol.2 139pp.)
Thesis Location / Link: www.repository.wit.ie/1655/
Abstract: My main reasons for undertaking this research were to benefit from the wealth of possibilities inherent in contemporary classical music along with creating a substantial body of original work. As a jazz musician and composer with a good understanding of Indian classical music, folk, free improvisation and pop music I felt that learning from and utilising contemporary classical music would greatly enrich my compositional abilities. This research has yielded works with a variety of musical styles and instrumentation; a solo piano sonata that marries serialism with the rhythmic language of Indian classical music, a modern string quartet with a traditional foundation, a contemporary SATB choral piece with piano accompaniment using the text from a Czech poet, a piece for the modern jazz trio ‘White Rocket’ that uses random compositional techniques mixed with Indian rhythms, an orchestral piece influenced by jazz and Indian music and a piece for a mixed sextet influenced by minimalism and African polyrhythm. My main aim was to explore methods and techniques that were unknown to me and to develop my compositional strengths in such a way as to forge a unique and personal language.

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