Commentary for composition portfolio

Kuoppala, Visa Tapani (2013). Commentary for composition portfolio. University of Birmingham. M.Mus

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This MMus thesis consists of a portfolio of compositions and a written commentary. The portfolio contains four pieces: Nocturnal Debris, Saturn Feedback Study, Failing to Reproduce Appearances and Still Air. The first three of these are fixed media electroacoustic works, provided on a DVD, while Still Air is a mixed instrumental and electronic composition with both its score and recordings of its performances included in the portfolio. Of the fixed pieces, Failing to Reproduce Appearances uses 5.0 multichannel configuration while the others are stereo. The commentary introduces and examines the pieces and the thinking behind them, with particular emphasis on the creative processes used in their composition and relevant aesthetic issues relating to them. Some of the important aesthetic topics discussed are rhetorical expression, subtlety, silence and stasis, inconclusiveness, emotionality and atmosphere.

Type of Work: Thesis (Masters by Research > M.Mus)
Award Type: Masters by Research > M.Mus
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


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