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Title:Emphasizing the Articulatory and Timbral Aspects of Vocal Production in Vocal Composition
Author(s):Clark, Elizabeth Marie
Department / Program:Music
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Abstract:An especially heightened interest in emphasizing articulatory and timbral phenomena in vocal composition began about 1950. The first part of this paper examines the interest shown by contemporary composers, teachers of singing, and performers in articulatory and timbral phenomena, and discusses the impact of these interests on performance and composition. This examination includes brief descriptions of about one hundred compositions (often experimental) categorized according to their use of text fragmentation, phonetic alteration, phones as timbral material and text-setting controls, articulatory action as a compositional focus or a gestural device, and speech-mode characteristics.
The second part of this paper discusses the application of vocal production knowledge to composition. Vocal writing techniques which emphasize articulatory/timbral phenomena are devised and described according to various compositional procedures; namely, choosing and setting vocal material, transforming and developing vocal material, working within vocal performance limitations and constraints, notating vocal material, and discovering new vocal materials and relationships. A detailed illustration of a song by the author in which these techniques were used concludes the paper.
Issue Date:1985
Description:96 p.
Thesis (D.M.A.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1985.
Other Identifier(s):(UMI)AAI8600153
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-12-16
Date Deposited:1985

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