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Ogunranti, Stephen Ayodamope (2008) OL'ÓMO KÌLÒ F'ÓMO RÈ (Process I). Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Recently, George Rochberg's Music for the Magic Theatre offered me the chance to rethink my position on musical unity. In this work, a juxtaposition of the ancient and modern, Rochberg (b.1918) employs the music of a varied roster of composers including Mozart, Beethoven, Mahler, Webern, Varese, Stockhausen, Miles Davies and himself to create a stylistic confrontation between the past and the present. This work evoked in me the postmodernist attitude of intertextuality, eclecticism and freedom from structural and stylistic unity. This idea of postmodernism embraces contradictions, fragmentations and discontinuities, binary oppositions and quotations or references to music of diverse cultures. It obliterates the boundaries between "high" and "low" styles, and the procedures of tradition and formalism. The postmodernist idea struck a fraternal chord of acceptance with my creative instincts which are defined by my enthusiasm for an intercultural approach to musical composition. Prior to this, I have specifically pondered and experimented with the various ways to amalgamate the musical elements that define the African and Western Classical musical cultures. In addition, I have contemplated the issue of coherence or non-coherence and how either of these might be desirable in the realm of musical symbiosis or integration. Ól'omo kìlò f'ómo rè (Process - 1) is a realization of my perception of intercultural musical composition. It is a work that draws on the concept of integral serialism and African pianism, melting the two within the borders of the aesthetic-type that define postmodernism.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Ogunranti, Stephen Ayodamopesao10@pitt.eduSAO10
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairRosenblum, Mathewrosenblu@pitt.eduROSENBLU
Committee MemberEuba, Akinaeuba@pitt.eduAEUBA
Committee MemberWilliams, Amyamywill@pitt.eduAMYWILL
Committee MemberMoe, Ericemoe@pitt.eduEMOE
Date: 16 January 2008
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 24 April 2007
Approval Date: 16 January 2008
Submission Date: 3 December 2007
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: MA - Master of Arts
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: African Pianism; Integral Serialism; Intercultural; Ogunranti; Oluranti; Piano duo; Postmodernism
Other ID:, etd-12032007-180233
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 20:07
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:52


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