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Otter, F 2011, Composition portfolio , PhD thesis, University of Salford.

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    Abstract

    This submission takes the form of six original musical compositions along with critical analyses. (NB in accordance with convention all references to notes and examples within the text are given in concert pitch.) The first composition, 'Lonely Isle' is written for brass band and is one movement with two contrasting sections. The music is broadly tonal throughout and the key signatures of B b major and then C minor are employed for the two sections. 'Fantasy No. 1 for Trombone' is written for solo trombone with piano accompaniment. This was written with for Brett Baker as a potential repertoire piece. The piece has one movement with three contrasting sections. The first, Allegro Scherzando, uses Lydian mode, then Andante in Dm and finally Vivace in C minor. 'At The Gates To Oblivion'was inspired by a series of role-playing video games for PC and X Box called 'The Elder Scrolls', most specifically by the game 'The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion' (Bethesda Softworks, 2006). It was originally written for brass band and was later transcribed for wind band. It is in an open key and has three movements. 'Falling Red Leaves of Autumn' is a three-movement piece for euphonium, vibraphone and piano. The titles of the three movements together form a haiku and the piece is composed using pentatonic scales, the first two movements major, and the third minor.'The Sun God, Ra\ is composed for brass band and is also in one freeform movement. It is a piece of programme music inspired by ancient Egyptian mythology. Village Green Dances' is written with the idea of a brass band playing at a traditional fete or country setting and takes as it's starting point the kind of music typically performed at such events. It is written for brass band and is a suite of three pieces, an opening fanfare, a lyrical waltz and a slightly confused march. The sound files for each of these pieces can be found at the following locations: Lonely Isle http://dl.dropbox.eom/u/25045136/LI.mp3 Fantasy No.1 for Trombone http://dl.dropbox.eom/u/25045136/TROMB.mp3 At the Gates to Oblivion http://dl.dropbox.eom/u/25045136/OBLIV.mp3 Falling Red Leaves of Autumn http://dl.dropbox.eom/u/25045136/FRL.mp3 The Sun God, Ra http://dl.dropbox.eom/u/25045136/Ra.mp3 Village Green Dances No.1 http://dl.dropbox.eom/u/25045136A/G1.mp3 No.2 http://dl.dropbox.eom/u/25045136A/G2.mp3 No.3 http://dl.dropbox.eom/u/25045136A/G3.mp3

    Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
    Contributors: (Supervisor)
    Additional Information:
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences
    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: 18 Feb 2014 14:54
    URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/26848

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