Melbourne Conservatorium of Music - Theses
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Folio of compositions
Folio of 6 compositions including orchestral, choral and chamber music. The works traverse a stylistic spectrum, moving freely between the simple and the complex, synthesising liturgical choral traditions with instrumental ...
The ripieno bass section of the Dresden Hofkapelle during the reign of August the Strong, 1709–1733: players, repertoire, performance
This thesis examines the ripieno bass section of the Dresden Hofkapelle during the period 1709–1733, the final twenty-five years of the reign of Saxon Elector and King of Poland August the Strong (1670–1733). It was ...
East meets West: reconciling performance tradition in the clarinet works of Isang Yun
This research project explores the clarinet works of Korean composer Isang Yun (1917-1995). Yun spent his formative years in Europe and pioneered a fusion of Eastern and Western musical styles through his appropriation of ...
Horatio Parker’s opera MONA (1912) and visions of U.S. identity in the early twentieth century
At the turn of the twentieth century, composers in the United States struggled to establish a national voice. While many musical minds promoted the use of American-derived musical material, some intellectuals endorsed ...
‘Darling Kath’: Benjamin Britten’s music for Kathleen Ferrier
This thesis examines the career of contralto Kathleen Ferrier (1912–1953), and her collaborations with composer Benjamin Britten (1913–1976). In the late 1940s, Kathleen Ferrier was among the most famous classical singers ...
Border crossing: tracing the influences of Brazilian guitarist Yamandu Costa
Born in 1980 in Rio Grande do Sul, Yamandu Costa is one of Brazil’s most celebrated guitarists. Yamandu Costa began his musical journey at the age of seven, taking informal guitar lessons from his father, Algacir Costa. ...
Between two worlds: Erich Wolfgang Korngold and the underscoring of death, destiny and the otherworldly in Hollywood films of the 1940s
How can musical underscoring be used in feature films to convey intangible concepts such as death, destiny and the afterlife? This thesis explores this question, with a focus on films with scores written by Erich Wolfgang ...
The essence of performance on the acoustic drum kit: a study of feel
This practice-led research investigates and discusses the terms and applications of ‘feel’ and ‘time’ in acoustic drumming, and through various performance settings I break down and examine how these phenomena exist within ...
Music, politics and ideology: a critical look at the ideological perspectives that shape our observations of music and politics
A critical look at the ideological perspectives that shape our observations of music and politics
The contest works for trumpet and cornet of the Paris Conservatoire, 1835-2000: a performative and analytical study, with a catalogue raisonné of the extant works
The Conservatoire de Paris concours were a consistent source of new literature for the trumpet and cornet from 1835 to 2000. Over this time, professors and composers added over 172 works to the repertoire. Students and ...