Symmetry and proportion: how these issues guide, inform and add coherence to musical composition

Ribeiro, H. (2011) Symmetry and proportion: how these issues guide, inform and add coherence to musical composition. Ph.D. thesis, Canterbury Christ Church University.


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The central subject of this thesis is the application of the concepts of symmetry and
proportion in music and how these can be used to generate original compositions.

Information about the musical application regarding concepts of symmetry and proportion
both in the twentieth-century and earlier is provided. The first section also offers additional
information about the construction of symmetrical harmony and its common usage; here
too, principles of intervallic proportion are explained based on the compositional thinking
of English composer Christopher Bochmann.

The second section presents seven original compositions, each supported by their own
commentary. Each work features a variety of instrumental forces ranging from solo to
orchestral. Lending a separate emphasis (in analysis) to each composition helps to
provide a broad picture of the potential that the ideas of symmetry and proportion bring to
contemporary composition.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > MT Musical instruction and study > MT0040 Composition. Elements and techniques of music
Divisions: pre Nov-2014 > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Music
Depositing User: Mr Andrew Hudson
Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2012 09:52
Last Modified: 21 Sep 2016 13:49

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