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Title:Jonathan Harvey's string quartets
Author(s):Seo, Ju Ri
Director of Research:Tharp, Reynold
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Tharp, Reynold
Doctoral Committee Member(s):Magee, Gayle S.; Lund, Erik R.; Heiles, William H.
Department / Program:Music
Discipline:Music
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:A.Mus.D.
Genre:Dissertation
Subject(s):Jonathan
Harvey
string
quartet
first
second
third
fourth
eclectic
spectral music
spectralism
serial music
serialism
schenkerian
melodic chain
electronic music
electronics
live
symmetrical harmonic field
ambiguity
spirituality
buddhism
modernism
Abstract:This study examines Jonathan Harvey’s core musical processes and spiritual background through his four string quartets—No. 1 (1977), No. 2 (1988), No. 3 (1995), and No. 4 (2003). The paper surveys Harvey’s eclectic background in religion and musical education, and several trends with which he is associated—serialism, spectralism, electronic music, and spiritual music. Four chapters are dedicated to discussing unique analytical aspects of each quartet. The First Quartet’s multiple structural levels show a Schenkerian global approach. At the local level, a governing principle of integral serialism is found. The Second Quartet’s primary materials derive from a melodic chain. The Third Quartet’s instrumental writing is inspired by electronic music and shows Harvey’s evolution in timbre. The use of a symmetrical harmonic field symbolizes a floating state and freedom from obsession. The Fourth Quartet, one of his most representative pieces incorporating electronics, uses several processing techniques (amplification, spatialization, harmonizers, time stretching, and granulation) signifying the ambiguity of the live sound source. The final chapter investigates Harvey’s ideas of spirituality. Some analytical findings are shown to have direct parallels with tenets of Buddhism.
Issue Date:2013-05-24
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/44243
Rights Information:Copyright 2013 Ju Ri Seo
Date Available in IDEALS:2013-05-24
Date Deposited:2013-05


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