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Theses, Ph.D


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Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy Degree (by Research) in Music Composition


This thesis marks the culmination of four years’ work, as part of my PhD study in composition. The portfolio consists of ten pieces, lasting in total approximately 2 hours and 10 minutes, and a commentary comprising an analysis of each of the works. The main emphasis has been on the development of an individual style, informed by the exploration of twentieth and twenty-first century compositional techniques, instrumental timbres, stylistic genres, forms, scale derivations and the wider aesthetic of contemporary music. The portfolio includes works for solo instruments, ensemble and orchestra. One of the main areas of research has been to devise combinatorial scales, based on modality, whole-tone scales and pentatony, based on my knowledge and experience of a range of musical traditions and genres, both western and eastern, thereby deriving new melodic and harmonic resources. Each piece in the portfolio was written with one or more different concepts in mind and consists of either single- or multi-movement formats.


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