Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

An analysis of texture, timbre, and rhythm in relation to form in Magnus Lindberg's "Gran Duo"
by Wolfe, Brian Thomas, D.M.A., The University of Oklahoma, 2013, 182; 3592105
Abstract (Summary)

Gran Duo (1999-2000) by Magnus Lindberg (b. 1958) is the result of a commission by Sir Simon Rattle, former conductor of the City of Birmingham (England) Symphony Orchestra, and the Royal Festival Hall to commemorate the third millennium. Composed for twenty-four woodwinds and brass, Lindberg divides the woodwind and brass families into eight characters that serve as participants in an attentive twenty-minute conversation.

The document includes biographical information about the composition to further understand Lindberg’s writing style. The composer’s use of computer-assisted composition techniques inspires an alternative structural analysis of Gran Duo. Spectral graphs provide a supplementary tool for score study assisting with the verification of formal structural elements. A tempo chart allows the conductor to easily identify form and tempo relationships between each of the nineteen sections throughout the five-movement composition.

In order to reveal character areas and their relation to the structure of the work, the analysis of texture, timbre, and rhythm reveal the formal structure of the composition, which reflects a conversation between the brass and woodwinds in this setting for wind instruments.

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Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Wakefield, William K.
Commitee: Barrett, Roland, Beasley, William, Conlon, Paula, Raiber, Michael
School: The University of Oklahoma
Department: Music
School Location: United States -- Oklahoma
Source: DAI-A 74/12(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Music, Acoustics
Keywords: Analysis, Conducting, Gran Duo, Lindberg, Magnus, Rhythm, Texture, Timbre, Wind band, Wolfe, Brian
Publication Number: 3592105
ISBN: 9781303329685
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