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Ways of integrating musical systems: a portfolio of compositions

Hiley, Diane Wendy (2010)
Other thesis, University of Birmingham.

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This portfolio comprises three compositions which chart the development of a unique method of integrating systems of organisation pertaining specifically to pitch and rhythm, with both small-scale and large-scale applications. An overview of the general principles behind these techniques is given, explaining their historical and scientific context. Detailed analysis, for the most part with reference to the latest two pieces, provides insight into the more complicated aspects of organisation, beginning with the creation of topographical pitch systems. Intervallic relationships are then extended to the field of rhythm by means of the harmonic series as an absolute reference point defining frequency ratios. By examining (theoretically) the interaction of combinations of different frequencies, new ways of defining and even quantifying consonance and dissonance are developed. This is followed by the extension of the technique to structural organisation. Explanation of approaches to timbre and texture are also given, and finally a wide range of influences, from throughout the canon of Western art music, are acknowledged and examined. Portfolio of scores and recordings comprises: Orbis Mentis c. 15’ (March 2008), score and sound recording Awakening c. 7’ (January 2009), score and sound recording Ad Astra c. 10’ (June 2009), score and two sound recordings Church Bells c. 10’ (September 2007), score (Appendix to thesis) and sound recording

Type of Work:Masters by Research: M.Mus. thesis.
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Arts & Law
Department:Department of Music
Subjects:M Music
ML Literature of music
Institution:University of Birmingham
Copyright Holders:Diane Hiley
ID Code:1464
This unpublished thesis/dissertation is copyright of the author and/or third parties. The intellectual property rights of the author or third parties in respect of this work are as defined by The Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 or as modified by any successor legislation. Any use made of information contained in this thesis/dissertation must be in accordance with that legislation and must be properly acknowledged. Further distribution or reproduction in any format is prohibited without the permission of the copyright holder. If you wish to perform or record any of the pieces, please seek permission via the University Library.
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