6 results for Composition Portfolio

  • Composition Portfolio

    Cao, YunQi (2016)

    Masters thesis
    University of Waikato

    This portfolio consist of five works: an octet (for flute, erhu, yangqin, guzheng, two violins, viola and cello), a trio (for violin, cello and piano), a piano suite, a song cycle and a duet (for flute and harp). The aim was to demonstrate an ability to write in different genres, utilizing different styles and musical techniques, and to find ways of exploring how to combine some elements of Chinese music with Western composition techniques. The octet for mixes the traditional Chinese musical instruments erhu, yangqin and guzheng with Western flute, violin, viola and cello. Chinese folk music elements are the main thematic materials, but the aim was to fuse the elements of folk music with techniques of modern Western music. The Piano Trio traverses a spectrum of musical emotion ranging from gracefulness and lyrical melody to sadness before emerging again into lightness. The second movement uses Chinese heptatonic modes. The Piano Suite consists of five short pieces. Contrasting moods are evoked including passion, liveliness, comedy, naughtiness and dreaminess. Technically these pieces were inspired by the piano music of Debussy and Ligeti. The vocal work is a song cycle with four components. Two of the songs use a combination of voice, Chinese instruments and Western instruments. Falling Maple Leaves in Autumn is a duet for flute and harp, evoking a scene of leaves falling slowly in the autumn frost and wind. Cultural interaction is a feature of contemporary concert music. The works in this portfolio aim to show how blending Western contemporary techniques with traditional Chinese instruments and techniques can generate a new artistic vitality.

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  • Composition Portfolio

    van den Broek, Koen Alexander (2015)

    Masters thesis
    University of Canterbury Library

    Enrolling in Masters in a natural progression for me as a composer. This follows directly on from my other tertiary study: First Class Honours Degree in Composition from University of Canterbury; Diploma in Jazz from CPIT Jazz School majoring in Composition and Arranging. My body of work includes compositions for the Silencio Ensemble, a ten piece new-music ensemble, which I was the co-founder and musical director/conductor of ('05-'09). I have received several grants from Creative New Zealand including grants in 2008 and 2013 for 'Still Standing Silent' a work composed for mixed discipline ensemble (classical and jazz) and contemporary dancers. This work premiered in Christchurch in November 2009. In 2010, I received funding to work with well-known Sydney chamber ensemble 'The Song Company' utilizing a text by a fellow Dutch New Zealander, Riemke Ensing. Recent creative projects have included performances of Still Standing Silent for the Body Festival; a commission for The Christchurch Youth Orchestra; and Totally Weill for the Christchurch Arts Festival. At this time the proposed works in my master’s portfolio would include: • Violin Duo • A large Song Cycle (50mins approx.) for singer and chamber ensemble • A short orchestral work • Another piece - otherwise yet to be determined I would like to continue to compose in my unique aesthetic of jazz-like timbres and freely-atonal harmonies. In recent years, I have realised how in my work I have often been dealing with the effects of time on music. I often juxtapose freedom and structure, starkness with flowing sounds in an attempt to break free from the constraints of time. I would like to further research this idea and come to a new place/idea around time and music. Another feature of my work is that I have enjoyed collaborating with specific musicians and composition–specific ensembles. This has resulted in some highly successful works and excellent learning experiences for me as a composer and musician. I plan to continue to develop this aspect of my practice during my master’s year. Recently I have had the opportunity to explore working with text and as a result have developed a special and unique relationship with poet Riemke Ensing. As a result of the artistic rapport we share and the highly enjoyable experience I had of setting her work for The Song Company, one of the major works I will submit this year will be a song cycle based on her collection of poems, Storm Warning. My core reason for being a composer is the hope or belief that music can raise the consciousness of humanity to a higher plain. In recent years I have begun to doubt this and question the point of ‘being’ a composer as distinct from working as a composer. This philosophy is something I would like to further explore both conceptually and in the work that I will submit in my portfolio this year. I have been awarded a UC master’s scholarship for my study during 2014 for which I am extremely grateful.

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  • Composition Portfolio

    Johnson, Katie Andrea Elizabeth (2009)

    Masters thesis
    University of Waikato

    Audio CD accompanies the print version of this thesis, available at the University of Waikato Library.

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  • Composition Portfolio

    Mayall, Jeremy Mark (2006)

    Masters thesis
    University of Waikato

    The works in this portfolio of original compositions cover a wide spectrum of genres, styles, approaches, and musical techniques. The aim was to demonstrate mastery of the various musical languages and techniques characteristic of each genre. The calculatedly low-fi 'alt.rock meets computer games' approach of the concept album They No Longer Sleep Alone is of folk-like simplicity, deliberately eschewing the various polishing processes available to producers now in the digital mastering situation. The intention was to preserve a naturalness of sound and song making. On the other hand, live electronic effects are utilized to expand the sonorities and textures obtained from a solo bassoon in The Effect of Bundled Sticks on Sounds. Today is the Tomorrow takes this idea further, being a completely electronic work mixing live musical performance (turntables) with pre-recorded sounds, these interacting with live video and prepared animation. De Feo, inspired by graffiti artists, was written for a virtuoso pair of performers in the unusual combination of alto saxophone and viola, with no electronics being required. The Big Fat Jazz Bastard Theme Song and Espacio were written for particular performers and approaches to music making, while Saturday Afternoon and Late Night Specials are film scores. Swamp Treasures and Bungamucka - the Alarmist were commissioned for theatrical productions and thus were designed to fulfil specific functions determined by the stage directors. By way of contrast, ...seconds unwind...generated noise...racecar... is an abstract work that utilizes the sophistication and subtleties of timbre, rhythm and texture available from a professional chamber orchestra.

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  • Composition Portfolio

    Ulenberg, Phillippa (2011)

    Masters thesis
    University of Waikato

    The music written for this portfolio offers creative answers to some of the challenges facing contemporary New Zealand composition, including multiculturalism.This has involved in-depth research using a variety of methods. Engagement was undertaken with linguists and musicians from Malaysia and Korea, who not only assisted with texts, but also spoke knowledgeably about their cultural traditions and past and present musical genres. The inclusion of Chinese gu-zheng in several of the works was made possible with the assistance given by Chen Xi Yao, an excellent performer who comes from a long lineage of musicians. Attending concerts given by performers of the instruments that have been used in the portfolio was essential to understanding the sounds and uses of the instruments. In addition, on-line sources include many examples of the sounds. Attendance at workshops on Māori taonga pūoro also brought the additional honour, benefits and experience of making and playing the instruments, and the opportunities to meet and work with leading makers and performers of these musical treasures. Sources of Western classical music that have been particularly influential during the writing of the portfolio are orchestral works by Igor Stravinsky, Samuel Barber and Param Vir, and the song cycles of Alban Berg and Benjamin Britten. Luciano Berio’s virtuosic piece for solo bassoon was also instructive. Experiences of composition, reflection and scholarly research underpin the portfolio and have have informed the composition of each work.

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  • Composition Portfolio

    McKinnon, Peter Jonathan (2011)

    Masters thesis
    University of Waikato

    This portfolio of original compositions is made up of six works, two electroacoustic and four acoustic. Firstly a Piano suite for solo piano, composed of four different short works, exploring different themes and modes based on eight synthetic scales. Cello and cello is a work for two cellos, exploring the sometimes-dual nature of the mind and yourself. Composed in two movements and with the intention of having a slight theatrical aspect to it. An electroacoustic work, Kaffeine is a composition based around the process of coffee making and the effects it has on people who drink it. Made purely from samples collected from a home coffee machine using a digital recorder. Piaonics is another electroacoustic piece, this one focusing on subtle aspects of the pianos timbre. Two sets of synthetic scales where made, each of the notes in the synthetic scale where sampled on a grand piano to get the best quality samples. Pleonasm is an exploratory work for Viola, clarinet and cello. The work has aleotoric aspects to it, wherein parts don’t always start or finish together and sometimes have different tempo markings. The final work in the portfolio is the classical symphony in E minor, written as an exercise to competently write in the style of a traditional classical symphony. The work is in four movements, fast, slow, fast, fast and takes inspiration from Haydn, Prokofiev and Mahler.

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