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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Composing “Unda Erosum” in light of selected James Tenney concepts
by Lugo, Mateo, M.A., Mills College, 2014, 47; 1557419
Abstract (Summary)

Presented in this thesis are ways in which I have transformed a few of James Tenney's analytical concepts into compositional strategies and procedures, while applying them in composing my string quartet Unda Erosum. I show how Tenney's concept of time-delay in "Temporal Gestalt Perception in Music" can be used in manifesting a complete structure. Also, by employing Tenney's "Harmonic Distance" formula I arrive at a method for creating and ordering a set of chords that reveal a perceptual correlation between harmonic complexity and harmonic distance value. Beginning with a short semiological positioning of Tenney's concerns by borrowing language from Jean-Jacques Nattiez, I then unravel every choice in shaping Unda Erosum as each one bears a phenomenological purpose.

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Advisor: Parkins, Zeena, Bischoff, John
Commitee: Payne, Maggi, Phillips, Kimberly L.
School: Mills College
Department: Music
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 53/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Music
Keywords: Composition, Mateo lugo, Original composition, Phenomenology, String quartet, Tenney, Unda erosum
Publication Number: 1557419
ISBN: 978-1-303-94797-1
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