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An Overview of Systematic Composition with an Introduction to the Take-Away System

Abstract A systematic approach to composition has been used by a variety of composers to control an assortment of musical elements in their pieces. This paper begins with a brief survey of some of the important systematic approaches that composers have employed in their compositions, devoting particular attention to Pierre Boulez's Structures Ia . The purpose of this survey is to examine several systematic approaches to composition by prominent composers and their philosophy in adopting this type of approach. The next section of the paper introduces my own systematic approach to composition: the Take-Away System. The third provides several musical applications of the system, citing my work, Octulus for two pianos, as an example. The appendix det... (more)
Created Date 2011
Contributor Harbin, Douglas Allen (Author) / Hackbarth, Glenn (Advisor) / Demars, James (Committee member) / Etezady, Roshanne (Committee member) / Rockmaker, Jody (Committee member) / Rogers, Rodney (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Music / composition / music / system
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 118 pages
Language English
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Note D.M.A. Music 2011
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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