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Poetry and symmetry as organizing forces in music.

Eccles, John (2012) Poetry and symmetry as organizing forces in music. MPhil thesis, Edinburgh Napier University.

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    Abstract/Description

    Aspects of poetry and symmetry are taken to represent the tension within the
    compositional process between spontaneous impulses and intuitive insights
    on the one hand, and more consciously imposed structure and organization
    on the other. These forces are not viewed as contradictory but as necessary
    and complementary elements of music; the need for balance between the two
    is considered essential.
    Intuition plays a significant role in bringing together the disparate elements of
    the compositional process into a musical whole. Structure, both formal and
    otherwise, has a large part to play, but neither logical organization nor inspired
    themes will automatically create a satisfying piece of music. For the
    composer, accessing the intuitive sense can be aided by holding in mind a
    particular poem, picture or mood-tone as an overall organizing principle. Thus
    poetry, in its broadest sense, has guided the overall form of many of the
    compositions as well as providing initial stimuli.
    For the purposes of analysis and discussion, this dissertation divides the
    pieces of the accompanying portfolio into three main groups in order to
    describe the particular role of poetical stimulus, symmetrical pitch organization
    and intuitive integrating forces. The final Nocturne is used to illustrate how all
    of these aspects are brought together in one piece.
    Amongst the most influential composers on the author are Bartók, Lutosławski
    and Ligeti. Specific approaches to pitch organization used in the portfolio are
    drawn from their music, ideas and the theories of subsequent analysts. The
    music and writings of Schoenberg, Henze, Dutilleux, Copland and Rautavaara
    have also had a significant impact on the composer through their insights into
    the compositional process and the wider role of music in society.

    Item Type: Thesis (MPhil)
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Musical composition; poetry; symmetry; tension; pitch;
    University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Creative Industries > School of Arts & Creative Industries
    Dewey Decimal Subjects: 700 Arts & recreation > 780 Music > 781 General principles & musical forms
    Library of Congress Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
    Item ID: 5676
    Depositing User: Mrs Lyn Gibson
    Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2012 11:44
    Last Modified: 28 Sep 2012 11:44
    URI: http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/id/eprint/5676

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