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Subject/Keyword
Set Theory
Musical Space
Unification
Transformational Theory
Canadian Composition
Multiplicative Operation
Harry Somers
String Quartet No. 2
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Eldon, Benjamin R
Supervisor and department
Moshaver, Maryam (Department of Music)
Examining committee member and department
Gramit, David (Department of Music)
Ingraham, Mary (Department of Music)
Tessier, John (Department of Music)
Department
Department of Music
Specialization

Date accepted
2014-04-01T13:03:19Z
Graduation date
2014-06
Degree
Master of Arts
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
Harry Somers’ music of the 1940s and 1950s presents a wide range of historical and contemporary compositional influences. This historical syncretism is widely understood in stylistic terms as the juxtaposition of heterogeneous tonal and atonal idioms representing a musical past and present. In contrast to this descriptive convention, I consider Somers’ musical output during this period under the rubric of a unification of musical styles as evident in String Quartet No. 2 (1950). Set-theoretical and transformational methodologies permit me to investigate a poetics that emerges through the persistence of two distinctly identifiable sets of intervals: 1, 11 and 5, 7. This mathematical modelling approach to analysis reveals numerous formative aspects of the intervals in a broad range of musical parameters including thematic design, formal organization, projective network structures, and symmetry seen through the lens of multiplicative operations and network comparisons of distinct pitch-class collections across two different interval spaces.
Language
English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R38C9RC4H
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