Note:This thesis 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 a recital of music related to the thesis topic.

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Title:Kaija Saariaho’s compositional techniques in select cello works
Author(s):Wang, Fu-Tsun
Advisor(s):Taylor, Stephen
Contributor(s):Taylor, Stephen; Tharp, Reynold; Magee, Gayle Sherwood; Solya, Andrea
Department / Program:School of Music
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:A.Mus.D. (doctoral)
Subject(s):Kaija Saariaho
Sept Papillons
Cloud Trio
Abstract:This paper examines Kaija Saariaho’s compositional techniques through her works written for the cello, specifically the ones written for Anssi Karttunen, since they have fostered a lifelong collaborative relationship. Each of the chapter explores Saariaho’s compositional techniques, including the use of electronics and orchestration to create spatialisation, as well as the interchangeable quality between timbre and harmony in Amers (1992), the use of the hexatonic scales, the sound/noise axis, the binary opposition, and the use of repetition and subtle variations in rhythm and melody in Sept Papillons (2000), and lastly, the use of symmetry in structure, harmony, and rhythm, as well as the transformation of identity in the materials in Cloud Trio (2009). Her eclectic influences such as the association with spectralism, the philosophies of visual artists Wassily Kandinsky and Paul Klee, and the prolific years of operatic writing since the 2000s have contribute to her writing in the construction of the interior material and the external form over the last twenty years.
Issue Date:2018
Publisher:School of Music, College of Fine and Applied Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Genre:Dissertation / Thesis
Rights Information:Copyright 2018 Fu-Tsun Wang
Date Available in IDEALS:2018-03-28

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