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 Award||29 Sep 2020|
- The University of Bristol
|Supervisor||Neal J Farwell (Supervisor) & John Pickard (Supervisor)|