Note:This scholarly essay is part of a research project submitted in partial fulfillment of the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts in the School of Music. The project also involved the preparation and performance of two lecture recitals related to the essay topic.

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Title:PERFORMANCE ISSUES IN THE SOLO CELLO MUSIC OF IANNIS XENAKIS: A PERFORMER’S GUIDE TO NOMOS ALPHA AND KOTTOS
Author(s):Song, Jooyeon
Advisor(s):Professor Sever Tipei
Contributor(s):Professor Sever Tipei; Associate Professor Dmitry Kouzov; Professor Charlotte Mattax Moersch; Associate Professor Katherine Syer
Department / Program:School of Music
Discipline:Music
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:A.Mus.D. (doctoral)
Subject(s):Iannis
Xenakis
cello
solo
nomos
alpha
kottos
Jooyeon
Song
music
Abstract:This study examines Iannis Xenakis’s two works for solo cello, Kottos and Nomos Alpha. It also discusses the composer’s untraditional background especially his lack of formal music education. The paper explores Xenakis’s compositional techniques that were drawn from extra-musical sources, especially his use of mathematic in music. A significant part of this study proposes practical guides for each piece as well as tentative solutions to the challenges posed by Xenakis’s use of extended techniques and to the many physically demanding passages. Chapter 2 discusses Kottos’s unusually traditional features, including the special link between Greek mythology and composition. Then, the paper examines how the composer applies mathematics in specific passages of the piece and suggests practical guide to technically difficult passages. In chapter 3, the paper explores the more detailed mathematical processes embedded in Nomos Alpha. In that work, Xenakis uses various kinds of extended techniques such as drastic scordatura, pizzicato on the opposite side of string, and near-unisons that create varying numbers of acoustic beats. This paper offers guidelines for each technique and suggests practice methods. Due to this project’s emphasis on performance details, this paper is presented as part of a double-lecture recital, presenting examples and full performances of each work.
Issue Date:2016
Publisher:University of Illinois
Citation Info:Song, Jooyeon. PERFORMANCE ISSUES IN THE SOLO CELLO MUSIC OF IANNIS XENAKIS: A PERFORMER’S GUIDE TO NOMOS ALPHA AND KOTTOS. Scholarly essay submitted at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign,School of Music, 2016.
Genre:Essay
Type:Text
Language:English
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/90222
Date Available in IDEALS:2016-06-02


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