Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

An analysis of Du cristal…`a la fumée by Kaija Saariaho and Axiom Unearthed, original composition
by Allen, John Clay, M.A., University of North Texas, 2015, 102; 10034644
Abstract (Summary)

Beginning in the1970s, and aided by the advancement and an increased prevalence of computers, spectral music emerged as an important development in twentieth century music. Spectral composers, as exemplified by Gérard Grisey and Tristan Murail, took the harmonic spectra of sounds as the fundamental materials of composition. The resulting music placed an emphasis on texture and gradually evolving forms. The generation of composers immediately following the spectralists assimilated their techniques into distinct and varying styles. Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho uses spectral techniques to create an aesthetic that generates form and progression from a sound/noise axis. In her piece Du cristal…à la fumée, a number of pendulum and halfpendulum gestures build up texture and form. The accompanying original composition Axiom Unearthed employs similar pendulum gestures and uses spectral techniques to generate melody and harmony in an aesthetic divergent from traditional spectral pieces.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Broberg, Kirsten
School: University of North Texas
Department: Composition
School Location: United States -- Texas
Source: MAI 55/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Music
Keywords: Axiom unearthed, Grisey, Murial, Saariaho, Spectral music
Publication Number: 10034644
ISBN: 978-1-339-53739-9
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