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Title:The Conductor as a Compositional Resource: A Categorization and Demonstration of Composer-Specified Functions of the Conductor (Contemporary)
Author(s):Munn, Debra Zae
Department / Program:Music
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Abstract:The conductor as a compositional resource is contrasted with the conductor as a resource of performance, governed by tradition and expediency rather than direct compositional choice. The monograph establishes seven categories and eighteen subcategories of composers' explicitly verbalized or notated uses of the conductor as a compositional resource, on the basis of demonstrable patterns of usage in compositions. The seven categories reflect the compositional treatment of the role in relation to cuing, control, electronic sounds, other conductors, limitations on the role, exchange of the role with that of performers, and dissociation of gestures and movement from sound. Specific examples are drawn from seventy-seven compositions, published and unpublished, by fifty-six composers to illustrate the dimensions within each category and subcategory. The conclusion discusses implications of this new compositional option for conductors and composers of contemporary music.
Issue Date:1985
Description:179 p.
Thesis (D.M.A.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1985.
Other Identifier(s):(UMI)AAI8521845
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-12-16
Date Deposited:1985

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