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Space and Voice: Compositions for Contemporary Cello

Space and Voice: Compositions for Contemporary Cello

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Title: Space and Voice: Compositions for Contemporary Cello
Author: Brubeck, Charles Matthew
Abstract: This dissertation contains a diverse portfolio of ensemble and solo compositions for contemporary cello. Throughout the accompanying paper, the concepts space and voice are utilized as analytical lenses, as they are central to my compositional approach. The evolution of cello space in Western art music is contrasted with cello space in jazz, and the modes of sound production in the classical cello tradition are compared to the voice of the jazz cello. While examining jazz cello voice, the notion of idiomatic improvisation is considered and the paper turns to original research regarding the recordings of Harry Babasin, Oscar Pettiford, and Fred Katz, who introduced the cello as an improvising instrument to the jazz genre.
The remainder of the written component focuses on my composition process and aesthetic considerations. Composition and improvisation are treated as distinct but interrelated points along a continuum of creative music practice. Within the composition process, improvisation is used to generate musical materials, and various methods of structuring pieces to incorporate improvisation are employed. Commentaries on the composition process, including the salient features pertaining to space and voice, are included for each score.
Subject: Music
Keywords: Cello
Ensemble composition
Solo composition
Jazz cello
Cello space
Cello voice
Prepared cello
Instrumental technique
Type: Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
Rights: Author owns copyright, except where explicitly noted. Please contact the author directly with licensing requests.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10315/35464
Supervisor: Coghlan, Michael
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Program: Music
Exam date: 2018-04-30
Publish on: 2018-11-21

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