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Jack and the blue flower : an aural myth

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dc.contributor.author Pridy, Colin Bradley
dc.date.accessioned 2012-08-01T18:08:46Z
dc.date.available 2012-08-01T18:08:46Z
dc.date.copyright 2012 en
dc.date.issued 2012-08-01
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2429/42850
dc.description.abstract This Dissertation, entitled Jack and the Blue Flower: An Aural Myth, establishes a new approach to formal design, referred to henceforth as a Musical Personograph. This 17-minute work presents a highly developed musical portrait of an individual, in this case British writer and philosopher-theologian C. S. (“Jack”) Lewis. The conceptual and compositional designs are a synthesis of (1) the core principles of Personography, a psychological discipline that seeks to empirically determine the ways in which an individual establishes self-identity via an internalized and evolving life-story; (2) leitmotif and thematic transformation techniques, extended and expanded to include not only melody but harmony; rhythm; polyrhythm and polymeter; pitch centers; orchestration; tonality, polytonality, and atonality; (3) stratified textures consisting of perceptually distinct layers of musical material that contribute fundamentally to the overall shape and form of the work. Novel compositional principles applied include (1) an exploration of the expressive possibilities of an updated approach to programmatic music (musical materials with relationships to extra-musical symbols); (2) the use of intrinsically musical narrative and/or dramatic structures—that is, the establishment of a compositional design that imparts a narrative and/or dramatic structure to a work that functions independently of any imposed extra-musical associations. This work’s intrinsically musical narrative is accomplished via forward- and backward-pointing references (in time) to audibly recognizable musical material of primary importance, called Musical Aspects and Narrative Agents; changes to the musical context framing said Aspects and Agents as the work progresses; the use of multiple musical languages and rhetorical devices which, through shared cultural associations, enable the listener to assign dramatic and/or emotional values to the musical narrative as it unfolds. en
dc.language.iso eng en
dc.publisher University of British Columbia en
dc.title Jack and the blue flower : an aural myth en
dc.type Electronic Thesis or Dissertation en
dc.degree.name Doctor of Musical Arts - DMA en
dc.degree.discipline Music en
dc.degree.grantor University of British Columbia en
dc.date.graduation 2012-11 en
dc.degree.campus UBCV en
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en

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