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Music for wind orchestra

Graham, P 1999, Music for wind orchestra , PhD thesis, University of Salford.

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    Abstract

    Montage - A Symphony for Wind Orchestra Composer's Note Each of the movements take as their starting point forms originating in music in the 16th and 17th centuries. The first, an Intrada, presents the main thematic material (based on the interval of a third) in its embryonic state. As the piece progresses, this material is developed and manipulated in a variety of ways including extension, inversion and compression. The interval of the third remains central to the overall scheme of work, even unifying the three movements on a tonal plane (I - F (minor), II - Ab (major), III - Cb (minor)). The internal structure of the Intrada is ABCB A, roughly modelled on movement I of the Concerto for Orchestra by Witold Lutoslawski. The movement may be visualised as an arch. A Chaconne follows. The basic material is now transformed into an expansive solo line which is underpinned by a recurring sequence of five chords (again, a third apart). Proportions are organised according to Golden Section principles using the Lucas summation series. A series of waves leads ultimately to a dynamic climax before the music subsides, resting on a new tonal plane. The Chaconne's continuous cycle of chords may visualised as circles. The final movement, a rondo, bears the dramatic weight of the entire work, as the underlying tonal tensions surface. An accelerated version of the 2nd movement solo line is used to introduce the clarinet's rondo theme, itself a rhythmically altered statement of the melody with which the whole work began. A musical journey ensues, making diversions through more lyrical territories as well as through spiky, jazz flavoured ones. The aural (and visual) montage is perhaps most apparent towards the climax of the piece, where three keys and polyrhythms sound simultaneously in the woodwind, horns and low brass/timpani. The climax itself combines the lyrical music heard earlier with the rondo theme, now presented in canon. The teleological thrust of the movement (if not the entire work) can be symbolized by the flight of an arrow, as it steers a predetermined course towards it's target.

    Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
    Additional Information: Vol.11 of 11
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences
    Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Social Research
    Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Arts & Media
    Depositing User: Institutional Repository
    Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2012 14:34
    Last Modified: 19 Feb 2014 11:30
    URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/26695

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