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Title: Zack Browning and the compositional process in blockhouse, double shot, and sole injection
Author(s): Kim, Sunjin
Director of Research: Browning, Zack
Doctoral Committee Chair(s): Mattax Moersch, Charlotte
Doctoral Committee Member(s): Browning, Zack; Ganatra, Simin; Ward, Tom R.
Department / Program: Music
Discipline: Music
Degree Granting Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree: A.Mus.D.
Genre: Dissertation
Subject(s): Zack Browning
Blockhouse
Double Shot
Sole Injection
Magic Square
musical ideas
patterns
compositional techniques
compositional process
violin
composition
computer music
contemporary music
algorithmic composition
Planetary Squares
piano
cello
piano trio
Abstract: This is the first study to focus exclusively on three compositions that include the violin by American composer, Zack Browning. The three compositions examined in this study are Blockhouse (2006), Double Shot (2000) and Sole Injection (1996). Browning has been continued an important figure in the development of contemporary music. The objective of this study is to familiarize performers and audiences with the three compositions by Browning. This study is divided into five chapters. Chapter One includes a brief biographical sketch and a personal profile, as well as an overview of Browning’s compositional career. Chapters Two, Three, and Four present and in-depth analysis of the three compositions by Browning that feature the violin: Blockhouse (2006) for violin, cello, and piano (Chapter Two); Double Shot (2000) for violin and piano (Chapter Three); and Sole Injection (1996) for violin and computer- generated sounds (Chapter Four). Each of these chapters is divided into three parts. The first part presents background information for each composition and provides a brief explanation of the magic square that is used in each composition. In Part Two, Browning’s unique musical language based on his use of magic squares as a compositional determinant, is examined. Part Three focuses on the musical ideas used in the compositions and the assignment of these ideas to instrumental groupings and the use of pattern structures in each piece. In addition, the third part explores Browning’s progressive layering techniques and how they interact with his musical ideas and structural patterns. Chapter Five serves as a conclusion and summarizes the analytical findings.
Issue Date: 2011-05-25
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/24031
Rights Information: Copyright 2011 SUNJIN KIM
Date Available in IDEALS: 2011-05-25
Date Deposited: 2011-05


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