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Serrated edge toccata for orchestra /

by 1976- Dickinson, Andrew Philip

Abstract (Summary)
Serrated Edge is constructed in one continuous movement of approximately twelve and a half minutes in length. The work?s direct, aggressive, almost mechanistic character was stimulated by the author?s interest in the sound and intensity of several notable musical works of the 1920?s and 1930?s, in particular those that espoused a constructivist ideal. For the author, two works - Alexander Mosolov?s Zavod and Carlos Chavez? H.P. (which combined constructivism with a more populist appeal) epitomize the creative background of Serrated Edge. However, unlike those two works, Serrated Edge does not contain programmatic elements. Rather, it employs a rhetorical structure, using motivic gesture and development to generate musical narrative. The musical motives used are compact and relatively simple, with distinctive melodic and rhythmic shapes. These motives are manipulated economically: through changes in orchestration, extension by repetition, transposition, and inversion, and through fragmentation and combination with other motives. While no rigorous (i.e. serial) predetermination of pitch is involved, the compositional process was influenced significantly by some of the basic ideals of that process - namely, the economy and overall uniformity of material. It was the author?s intent that these basic ideals provide a structural cohesion to the work, as well as reflect the work?s creative influences. iv
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School:The University of Texas at Austin

School Location:USA - Texas

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:orchestral music toccatas

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