Developing a Personal Style
: Portfolio of Compositions

  • Elan Higueras Calvo

Student thesis: Master's ThesisMaster of Philosophy (MPhil)


This portfolio of compositions presents five original works: Blind Walls, It Felt Like
Drawning, Crossings, in F and Kresala. The portfolio is accompanied by a
commentary that explains my compositional process.
Through these pieces I have aimed to develop a personal style or compositional
voice. While many of these works experiment with timbre texture and rhythm, the
main focus of this research project has been on harmony and form. To compose
these pieces I have developed a harmonic language that derives from the fusion of
spectralism and set theory. In terms of form, I have reflected and experimented
with matters such as flow, phrase length and flexibility and cohesiveness.
Date of Award28 Nov 2019
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Bristol
SupervisorJohn Pickard (Supervisor)

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