Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Towards a harmonic approach to composing for central Javanese gamelan
by Parris, Stephen, M.A., Mills College, 2015, 63; 1589493
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this thesis is to share the process behind the development of an approach to composing for central Javanese gamelans that utilizes vertical harmony. This paper will include my history with Javanese gamelan, work on the development of a piano tuning that would work with a gamelan, compositional works that led to the development of the system, a study of existing Javanese gamelan tunings, and a presentation of intervallic relationships and cadences that can be utilized with any gamelan. All of this is done with hope that others who may take interest in writing for central Javanese gamelan will have a new tool at their disposal, and to pique the interest of others in the rich world of possibilities that exist within the instruments.

There is also an explanation of the process of developing a piano tuning to be used with a traditional gamelan to perform the Concerto for PIano And Javanese Gamelan by Lou Harrison.

There is some brief discussion on the cognition of interval, and how the brain simplifies complex intervals, and begins to hear them as more simple intervals.

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Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Brown, Chris, Frith, Fred
Commitee: Bernstein, David, Bischoff, John, Fei, James, Mitchell, Roscoe, Parkins, Zeena
School: Mills College
Department: Music - Composition
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 54/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Music, Acoustics
Keywords: Composition, Gamelan, Harmony, Harrison, Lou, Theory, Tuning
Publication Number: 1589493
ISBN: 9781321771480
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