This dissertation closely examines a major work, Flag for 13 instruments (1987), of the Italian master, Franco Donatoni. The essay explores Donatoni’s systematically-driven, but still often intuitive, compositional techniques and draws conclusions about the music both from my perspective as a younger composer, and as conductor of the U. S. premiere of this work. Additionally, this paper includes an overview of the Brooklyn-based contemporary new music group, ensemble mise-en, which I organized in 2011. Mise-en’s performance of the work at the Italian Academy in New York City is placed in the context of a discussion of a background narrative about new music performance in New York, and overall issues relating the challenges and opportunities for such nonprofit organizations working within the ecology of the new music landscape.
The dissertation includes a brief biography of Franco Donatoni, a concise history of ensemble mise-en, and a detailed analysis of Flag, including questions relating to performance observed during the rehearsals and concert presentation. The study integrates Donatoni’s unique compositional techniques--such as manipulating numbers from the Fibonacci series and prime numbers--with the work’s musical surface, at both micro and macro levels.
|Advisor:||Karchin, Louis S.|
|Commitee:||Daughtry, Martin, Cohen, Brigid, Oliver, Jaime, Miura, Hiroya|
|School:||New York University|
|School Location:||United States -- New York|
|Source:||DAI-A 81/2(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Musical composition, Music theory, Music|
|Keywords:||Avant-garde, New music, Donatoni, Franco|
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