The Sound of Gaudí: Methods of Interpreting Antoni Gaudí’s Building Designs Into The Domain Of Musical Composition

Shafiee, Sayyid (2018) The Sound of Gaudí: Methods of Interpreting Antoni Gaudí’s Building Designs Into The Domain Of Musical Composition. Doctoral thesis, Birmingham City University.

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Abstract

Inspiration behind writing musical works can appear in many forms including visual. This project was created in response to a range of visual stimuli including both the architecture and architectural designs of the Spanish architect Antonio Gaudí (1852-1926), delivered into the domain of musical composition. The results are presented in the form of a portfolio of original musical compositions alongside a supporting commentary in which the musical results derived from the compositional methods explored during the period of study are examined. Consisting of ten pieces that together form a sequence of works derived from various facets related to Gaudí’s architecture, the contents of the portfolio vary in instrumentation, ranging from a solo instrumental piece through to a work for full symphony orchestra.

This practice-based research explores two contrasting processes, interpreted within the domain of musical composition, examining the question of how these approaches can justify the musical outcomes. The first method was developed through working with elements of systematisation within the musical materials following compositional systems inspired by Gaudí’s architecture. The second explored intuitive composition based on personal interpretation, physical experience, and intellectual analysis relating directly to Gaudí’s creations. Alongside seventy minutes of music, the supporting commentary contains a detailed description and evaluation of the artistic process towards the completion of this project, explicating the research.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Additional Information: To my mother and father, Sumiliza and Shafiee, my siblings Shahir and Suhailah for all of their help, love and support over the years of this important journey. To my beloved wife, Hanna Yahya, who always provided me with much love, support and encouragement throughout my study period, also both my extended families were the pillars of strength for this journey. To my supervisors Joe Cutler, Seán Clancy, Deborah Mawer and Carrie Churnside for the unwavering support, collegiality and mentorship over the past number of years. To the providers of my scholarship, Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA), Malaysia for giving me the opportunity to study abroad, financially supporting my entire period of study as well as providing enough funds for me to live comfortably in the UK. To all of the wonderful performers I have had the privilege of working and sharing these ideas with over the past number of years including Sarah Farmer, Xenia Pestova, Antonietta Loffredo, The Schubert Ensemble, KROCK Ensemble, Noszferatu Ensemble, Solem Quartet, Birmingham Conservatoire Composers’ Orchestra, Decibel, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and Le Page Ensemble. To other composition teachers that have helped me along the way: Edwin Roxburgh, Michael Wolters, Andrew Hamilton, Tazul Tajuddin, Richard Ayres, Andrew Toovey, Errollyn Wallen, Howard Skempton and Sir Harrison Birtwistle. Finally, to my friends and composer colleagues at the conservatoire for their constant support which made my stay in Birmingham more meaningful.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Gaudí, music in architecture, arcitecture and music, sound of Gaudí, Gaudí's music, music for Gaudí, Gaudí and music
Subjects: K100 Architecture
R400 Spanish studies
W300 Music
Divisions: REF UoA Output Collections > Doctoral Theses Collection
Depositing User: Kip Darling
Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2019 15:49
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2019 15:49
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/7271

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