On Myth & Music, Legend & Landscape, Science, Stars, & Story; A Portfolio of Compositions: An Animist Aesthetic Argument on Symbolist Sound-Synergies, with Musings on Messiaen and the Taoism of Takemitzu, in the work of Mulvany.
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The accompanying portfolio contains eight major works for disparate forces: Brú na Sídhe is a work for Large Orchestra; Bog Bodies is a work commissioned for a heterogenous Quintet; Gáeth Ard Úar is a work written for a Solo Bass/Contrabass Clarinet in B-flat; a Piano Trio, SzyzygyS, follows; a work entitled Blackwater is written for Solo Guitar; a diptych, named Sigil, written for a Dectet of Harp and Vibraphone with double String Quartet, follows; then, O Unworn World for a ten part Choral ensemble is presented as a meditation on a poem by Patrick Kavanagh; and, the last of the works in the portfolio, is a String Quartet entitled Wodwo. These pieces are conceived using an aesthetic guide provided by two substantially different composers: Tōru Takemitsu and Olivier Messiaen. The connection with these composers is explored in a chapter entitled the Aesthetic Review, Chapter One; and, indeed, throughout the commentaries provided in the subsequent chapters dealing with each of the works in the order stated. It is noted that, while these composers provide a guide to the formulation and execution, and even the subject matter, of ideas in music, it is not the case that the music will sound in any way similar to either of these composers. The divergent techniques of composition described within are substantiated with reference to these composers, and fall into three broadly defined categories: the Constructivist, the Impressionist, and the Deductivist approaches to style. The works also contain a similar approach to the subject matter of the inspiration. A thread of Pagan Spirituality and Mythology can be traced through all of the works, to varying degrees. They contain, in addition, a preponderance on duality as a concept; the duality of Science and Natural Spirituality; the duality of defined and undefined sounds; and the duality of composer and performer. With these works, the composer wishes to demonstrate a mastery of compositional techniques and a thorough and methodical approach to the realisation of a conceptual framework.
Mulvany, E. (2018) On Myth & Music, Legend & Landscape, Science, Stars, & Story; A Portfolio of Compositions: An Animist Aesthetic Argument on Symbolist Sound-Synergies, with Musings on Messiaen and the Taoism of Takemitzu, in the work of Mulvany.. Doctoral thesis, DIT, 2018. doi.org/10.21427/g06y-x828
Bog Bodies Quintet Transposed 06 October 2018.pdf (238 kB)
Brú na Sídhe 06 October 2018.pdf (1697 kB)
Gáeth Ard Úar transposed 06 October 2018.pdf (95 kB)
O Unworn World .pdf (786 kB)
Sigil for Harp Dectet Movement One 06 October 2018.pdf (508 kB)
Sigil for Harp Dectet Movement Two 06 October 2018.pdf (575 kB)
SzyzygyS 06 October 2018.pdf (292 kB)
Wodwo String Quartet 06 October 2018.pdf (208 kB)