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:A study of film music by Philip Glass and Arvo Pärt
Author(s):Li, Yuting
Advisor(s):Magee, Gayle Sherwood
Contributor(s):Hobson, Ian; Tsitsaros, Christos; Lund, Erik
Department / Program:School of Music
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:A.Mus.D. (doctoral)
Subject(s):Philip Glass
Arvo Pärt
Film music
The Hours
Spiegel im Spiegel
Holy minimalism
Abstract:This research paper focuses on two minimalist-influenced composers’ film music: Arvo Pärt’s Spiegel im Spiegel (1978) and Für Alina (1976), both used in the movie Gerry (2002), and Philip Glass’s music for the movie The Hours (2002). Arvo Pärt and Philip Glass are considered two of the most influential composers active today. My research explores the use of minimalist-influenced music in those two movie scores through musical and visual analyses. Furthermore this thesis discusses piano performance issues. Chapter I is an introduction containing brief biographies of the two composers and their relationship with film music. Chapter II discusses Arvo Pärt’s Spiegel im Spiegel and Für Alina and their usage in the film Gerry, and provides performance suggestions. Chapter III provides analysis and performance suggestions for Philip Glass’s film music for The Hours and the soundtrack’s function in the film. Chapter IV provides a conclusion. In my project recital, I will perform Arvo Pärt’s Spiegel im Spiegel in a version for violin and piano, his Für Alina for piano, and selections from Philip Glass’s soundtrack for The Hours in an arrangement for solo piano by Michael Riesman and Nico Mühly.
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 Yuting Li
Date Available in IDEALS:2018-05-18

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