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Two Grotesque Scenes

Brooks, Aaron L (2011) Two Grotesque Scenes. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Two Grotesque Scenes is an 18 minute, two movement musical composition for Clarinet in B flat, Violin, and Cello composed by the author. The present paper will explore its key concerns, which include dichotomies such as repetition vs. non-repetition, sound vs. silence, pulsed vs. non-pulsed rhythms, melody and accompaniment vs. gestural/contrapuntal textures, and 12-tone serial pitch material vs. pitch material derived from unordered pitch class sets. Additional concerns, including a dramatic, often counterintuitive approach to form will also be discussed. The paper will first provide aesthetic context for the work by exploring its influences, primarily including avant-garde rock and post-serial styles. It will then engage in an in-depth analysis of both movements, including technical discussions of approaches to pitch derivation, phrasing, rhythm, and structure, relative to the piece's goals and influences.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Brooks, Aaron Laab66@pitt.eduAAB66
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairRosenblum, Mathewrosenblu@pitt.eduROSENBLU
Committee MemberWilliams, Amyamywill@pitt.eduAMYWILL
Committee MemberKöksal, Fü
Date: 6 June 2011
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 30 March 2011
Approval Date: 6 June 2011
Submission Date: 9 April 2011
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Music
Degree: MA - Master of Arts
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: avant-garde rock music; music of Aaron Brooks; post-serial music; prog rock; serial music
Other ID:, etd-04092011-180622
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:35
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:39


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