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Morton Feldman's For Samuel Beckett: The Semiotics of Musical Time and I Meet You. I Remember You. (An Original Composition for Violin and Orchestra.)

Matthews, David Gerard (2011) Morton Feldman's For Samuel Beckett: The Semiotics of Musical Time and I Meet You. I Remember You. (An Original Composition for Violin and Orchestra.). Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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In For Samuel Beckett, for twenty-three players, Feldman creates a seemingly static surface of sound lasting nearly an hour that challenges the listener's perception of time and explores musical memory. The fact that Feldman's work does not conform to received notions of organic development creates unique challenges in musical analysis. The present study attempts to put to use some concepts of difference and repetition derived from the French philosopher and cultural theorist Gilles Deleuze in order to create an appropriate model for the analysis of non-teleological music. This study notes the role of notation and the graphic layout of the score, arguing that the visual presentation of the score is an important aspect of the work.The original composition, i meet you. i remember you., for violin and chamber orchestra, also explores ideas of non-linear temporality and difference and repetition. The piece further explores the non-organic model-repetition strategy employed by Feldman, but does so in a completely different musical context. This work also reflects my interest in microtonality, in heterophony, and in engaging with popular music.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Matthews, David
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairRosenblum, Mathewrosenblu@pitt.eduROSENBLU
Committee MemberMoe, Ericemoe@pitt.eduEMOE
Committee MemberLandy, Marciamlandy@pitt.eduMLANDY
Committee MemberLewis, Mary Slsm@pitt.eduLSM
Date: 30 June 2011
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 11 March 2011
Approval Date: 30 June 2011
Submission Date: 21 April 2011
Access Restriction: 5 year -- Restrict access to University of Pittsburgh for a period of 5 years.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Music
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: For Samuel Beckett; Gilles Deleuze; Morton Feldman; musical semiotics; time in music
Other ID:, etd-04212011-115213
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:40
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:41


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