More than a satisfying continuity: a comparison of compositional processes in two orchestral works by Tōru Takemitsu (1930–1996)

Currie, Fergus Alexander (2020). More than a satisfying continuity: a comparison of compositional processes in two orchestral works by Tōru Takemitsu (1930–1996). University of Birmingham. M.A.

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Abstract

Part one of this study presents and compares two original analyses of orchestral works by the Japanese composer, Tōru Takemitsu (1930–96), with the aim of identifying common compositional techniques rather than stylistic characteristics. Spirit Garden (1994) and Dreamtime (1981) are examined in terms of form, pitch manipulation, thematic and motivic variation and transformation, as well as extramusical influences. It is suggested that some of the compositional processes employed in both pieces are similar but seem to have been developed and refined over the intervening thirteen-year period. It is also suggested that a number of the identified processes are conceptually related, reflecting Takemitsu’s interest in word games such as crosswords and anagrams etc. The brevity of this study does not allow for an exhaustive study of the composer’s technical toolkit, representing as it does only two isolated moments in Takemitsu’s substantial output, but various avenues for further research are indicated in the concluding chapter. Part two consists of a brief commentary and analysis of the work submitted in the accompanying composition portfolio.

Type of Work: Thesis (Masters by Research > M.A.)
Award Type: Masters by Research > M.A.
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Supervisor(s)EmailORCID
Gordon, Michael ZevUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Earle, BenUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Licence: All rights reserved All rights reserved All rights reserved All rights reserved All rights reserved
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Arts & Law
School or Department: School of Languages, Cultures, Art History and Music, Department of Music
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
URI: http://etheses.bham.ac.uk/id/eprint/10158

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