Stone and Water in Sound: A Composition Portfolio Informed by the Natural Growth Process of Stalactites and Stalagmites

Granitzio, Andrea (2018) Stone and Water in Sound: A Composition Portfolio Informed by the Natural Growth Process of Stalactites and Stalagmites. Doctoral thesis, Birmingham City University.

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OCTAHEDRON.pdf

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SPELEOTHEMES.pdf

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THE FLUID MOSAIC.pdf

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Abstract

This doctoral research has two main goals: to create a collection of compositions exploring the
potential of the Sounding Stones, both as a solo instrument and as a new resource to enrich
orchestral timbre, and to compose a large-scale work for orchestra, building on the
relationship between water and stone as they converge within the natural processes of
stalactite and stalagmite growth. A second larger-scale piece accompanies the orchestral one,
to show additional interactional scope between the Stones and traditional instruments.
This composition portfolio consists of two larger works and seven supplementary
pieces. The major work is Speleothemes, comprising four movements:
I. ‘Stalactite’
II. ‘Stalagmite’
III. ‘Joint’ and
IV. ‘Before’
The accompanying commentary analyses all the compositions within three
categories, namely:
– Compositions for Stones
– Compositions for Stones and small ensemble
– Composition for Stones and orchestra
This commentary also examines the aesthetic issues and technical considerations
involved in creating the works.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Subjects: F600 Geology
W300 Music
Divisions: REF UoA Output Collections > Doctoral Theses Collection
Depositing User: Kip Darling
Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2019 14:55
Last Modified: 01 Apr 2019 12:44
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/6890

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