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Two Grotesque Scenes

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

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      Abstract

      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
      Creators/Authors:
      CreatorsEmailORCID
      Brooks, Aaron Laab66@pitt.edu
      ETD Committee:
      ETD Committee TypeCommittee MemberEmailORCID
      Committee ChairRosenblum, Mathewrosenblu@pitt.edu
      Committee MemberWilliams, Amyamywill@pitt.edu
      Committee MemberKöksal, Füsunkoksalf@uchicago.edu
      Title: Two Grotesque Scenes
      Status: Unpublished
      Abstract: 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.
      Date: 06 June 2011
      Date Type: Completion
      Defense Date: 30 March 2011
      Approval Date: 06 June 2011
      Submission Date: 09 April 2011
      Release Date: 06 June 2011
      Access Restriction: No restriction; The work is available for access worldwide immediately.
      Patent pending: No
      Institution: University of Pittsburgh
      Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
      Refereed: Yes
      Degree: MA - Master of Arts
      URN: etd-04092011-180622
      Uncontrolled Keywords: avant-garde rock music; music of Aaron Brooks; post-serial music; prog rock; serial music
      Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Music
      Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 14:35
      Last Modified: 02 Feb 2013 01:15
      Other ID: http://etd.library.pitt.edu/ETD/available/etd-04092011-180622/, etd-04092011-180622

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