Portfolio of Compositions

  • Sara L Garrard

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)


A portfolio of compositions written for a variety of forces ranging from solo piano to full orchestra, with a central core of vocal music written for female choir. In the accompanying commentaries and analyses of these pieces, I show how I explore ways in which to incorporate medieval influence in contemporary composition, ways to approach setting or otherwise using text, and how music can facilitate a meditative or devotional mood in listeners and/or performers. The chapters examine my compositions in terms of these main concepts, and trace how my music developed alongside my evolving understanding of the concepts. I note an aesthetic marked by simplicity, clarity and restraint in my compositions, and situate my music and this aesthetic in the context of some of my influences and contemporaries.
Date of Award29 Sep 2020
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Bristol
SupervisorNeal J Farwell (Supervisor) & John Pickard (Supervisor)

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