Composing for Amateurs: A practical exploration of interactive creativity and socio-musical relationships

Long, Christopher (2022) Composing for Amateurs: A practical exploration of interactive creativity and socio-musical relationships. Doctoral thesis, Birmingham City University.

Christopher Long PhD Thesis published_Final version_Submitted Jul 2021_Final Award Jul 2022.pdf - Accepted Version

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This research project explores the creative and socio-musical relationships that occur when a composer and an amateur ensemble enter a creative relationship. Two separate fields of theoretical enquiry are explored: serious-leisure and community music. The principle aim of my research project is to identify concepts and methods that can inform successful creatively interactive socio-musical relationships between amateur ensembles and composers. The resulting methodology has been applied to several practical projects with contrasting amateur ensembles: a chamber choir, a brass band, a chamber orchestra, a symphony orchestra, and a large scale multi-cultural choral event. Whilst individual compositional technique is an important factor in finding solutions to writing for each of the ensembles, technique is a secondary consideration and is considered against the establishment of successful socio-musical relationships.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
July 2021Submitted
6 July 2022Accepted
Uncontrolled Keywords: Composition, amateur, professional, composing, socio-musical
Subjects: CAH25 - design, and creative and performing arts > CAH25-02 - performing arts > CAH25-02-02 - music
Divisions: Doctoral Research College > Doctoral Theses Collection
Faculty of Arts, Design and Media > Royal Birmingham Conservatoire > Royal Birmingham Conservatoire - Music
Depositing User: Jaycie Carter
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2023 09:49
Last Modified: 11 May 2023 16:03

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