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Portfolio of Compositions

Saraiva, Lourdes (2013) Portfolio of Compositions. PhD thesis, University of York.

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Abstract

This Portfolio of Compositions consists of eight scores, recordings on CD and commentary on my creative process. The pieces are: (1) Stone Structures, for cello and piano; (2) The Path of the Thousand Doors, for three snare drums; (3) Four Poems for Guitar, for guitar solo; (4) Night View, for flute and piano; (5) The Path of the Old Oaks, for chamber ensemble; (6) The Lake Isle of Innisfree, for female voice with finger cymbals, and flute; (7) Poema Místico, for speaking pianist with amplified voice; and, (8) Paths Between the Wind and the Sea, for full orchestra. They were composed in York between October 2009 and February 2013. The work presented here is the result of my intense compositional practice, development of techniques, research, reflection, and experimentation with performers. The main aspect focused in the compositional process of the pieces in this folio was the creation of textures – those that results from the overlapping of gestures in combination or, in a greater degree, of the overlapping of textures, i.e. multilayered textures. For me, the use of these overlapping of gestures or multilayered textures is an important compositional tool that helps to create directionality, contrast, ambiguity, transition in different hierarchical levels and between sections, and continuity in an atonal musical discourse – either in clear-cut multimovement pieces, or in larger-scale single movement pieces.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Keywords: Composition
Academic Units: The University of York > Music (York)
Identification Number/EthosID: uk.bl.ethos.589200
Depositing User: Ms Lourdes Saraiva
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2013 15:04
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2016 13:30
URI: http://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/4783

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