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Title:Aspects of Gerhard Stabler's "Shadows of Wild Pain"
Author(s):Hammitt, John Harris
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Powell, Morgan
Department / Program:Music
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Abstract:This dissertation consists of two main sections: a monograph, The Notation, Hierarchies, and Metaphor, in which I explore various aspects of Gerhard Stabler's orchestral work Shadows of Wild Pain; and Appendices I-III, which contain my new performance edition of Stabler's orchestral work.
In the monograph I examine the enigmatic quality of the work's notation before analyzing its hierarchy of functions, which is designed to fluctuate constantly during the course of the work. In the final section of the monograph I argue that Stabler's composition functions as a metaphor for communication.
The enigmatic quality of the score generates a myriad of problems--so many, in fact, that it cannot be realized as the composer intended. Similarly, the work requires a high degree of involvement on the part of the players, who must realize the work and interact with each other both before and during a performance; the score's enigmatic character precludes this involvement as well. Therefore, with Stabler's approval, I have constructed a performance edition of Shadows of Wild Pain (located in the Appendices) which provides the details and elaboration necessary to an accurate rendering of the composition.
Issue Date:1991
Rights Information:Copyright 1991 Hammitt, John Harris
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-05-07
Identifier in Online Catalog:AAI9210827
OCLC Identifier:(UMI)AAI9210827

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