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An examination of the theories and compositions of James Tenney, 1982-1985

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Title: An examination of the theories and compositions of James Tenney, 1982-1985
Author(s): Belet, Brian
Doctoral Committee Chair(s): Tipei, Sever
Department / Program: Music
Discipline: Music
Degree Granting Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree: D.M.A.
Genre: Dissertation
Subject(s): Music
Abstract: This paper examines the theoretical concepts and compositional procedures used by James Tenney in his compositions of the early and mid-1980's. Some of Tenney's earlier writings and compositions are also examined as precursors to his later works. The primary compositions examined in this paper include Glissade, Koan for String Quartet, Bridge, and Changes: Sixty-four Studies for Six Harps.This paper examines Tenney's theoretical contributions to musical form, harmony, tuning, and aural perception. Tenney's works are presented as rigorous experiments and focused explorations of specific musical concepts and questions. The four primary works examined are presented as the culmination of almost thirty years of such experiments.Tenney is presented as a contemporary musical pioneer in the continuing tradition of American experimentalism that began with Charles Ives and continued with Carl Ruggles and John Cage.The author concludes that James Tenney is a major American composer whose past and on-going contributions to theory, perception, and composition are too important to be ignored in contemporary performance and scholarly circles.
Issue Date: 1990
Type: Text
Language: English
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/19798
Rights Information: Copyright 1990 Belet, Brian
Date Available in IDEALS: 2011-05-07
Identifier in Online Catalog: AAI9026136
OCLC Identifier: (UMI)AAI9026136
 

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