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Portfolio of compositions an exploration of the manipulation of modes

Flurry, Henry Sever (2016)
Other thesis, University of Birmingham.

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Flurry16MAbyRes.pdf
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Flurry_1_IWishICouldRemember.pdf
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Flurry_2_Nightingale.pdf
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Flurry_3_Currents.pdf
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Flurry_4_Addendum.pdf
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01_IWishICouldRemember_Flurry.mp3
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02_TheNightingaleAndTheRose_Flurry.mp3
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03_Currents_Mov1_River_Flurry.mp3
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04_Currents_Mov2_Breaking_Flurry.mp3
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05_Currents_Mov3_Still_Flurry.mp3
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06_SongWithoutWords_Flurry.mp3
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07_SeguirillaNo1_Flurry.mp3
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08_SeguirillaNo2_Flurry.mp3
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09_ALaManiereDeLaNeige_Flurry.mp3
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Abstract

This thesis consists of a portfolio of compositions accompanied by a written commentary and audio recordings
of the works. The commentary discusses each of the works within the context of how mode is manipulated and treated for neotonal purposes. Four techniques are presented and illustrated with examples from the portfolio: the application of added-tone sonorities modelled after the music of Eric Whitacre; the construction of synthetic
modes that conform to the constraints of Dmitri Tymoczko’s model of scale networks; the generation and application of rotational arrays based on a row that is derived from prior material and is a subset of the octatonic; and the generation of “Russian modes” and derivatives using ideas inspired by Russian music theorist Boleslav Yavorsky. Particular attention is paid both to methods of modulation and their musical significance and to the octatonic implications of the latter two techniques. Each example presented includes detailed analysis within the context of the applied technique and its relevance to the intended musical affect.

Type of Work:M.A by Res thesis.
Supervisor(s):Gordon, Michael Zev (Prof.)
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Arts & Law
Department:School of Languages, Cultures, Art History and Music
Subjects:M Music
Institution:University of Birmingham
ID Code:6845
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.
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