Scores in time: exploring the use of sound as a medium for notation in musical composition

d'Heudières, L.P.M.L (2020) Scores in time: exploring the use of sound as a medium for notation in musical composition. PhD thesis, Bath Spa University.

Abstract

This commentary deals with my compositional practice from 2014-18, which was concerned with staging first encounters between performers and scores through different types of scoring practices, particularly aural notation. Through the lens of performance studies, I discuss the rehearsal process and how it relates to the idea of finished works of art. Applying the theory to musical contexts, and drawing on musicological studies, I discuss the connections between works, rehearsals, and the concert tradition as a framework for analysing my own work. Through a survey of experimental scoring practices over the last fifty years, I then contextualise the aural notation practice which I developed from 2015 onwards. I discuss how this type of work enables renegotiated agency for composers and scores in performance contexts, drawing links with uses of language in verbal notation and characterological theories in performance studies. The final part of the commentary turns towards specifically using headphones to communicate audio scores to performers. Placing this work in the context of similar practices in the fields of theatre, TV, dance and music, and using analytical frameworks from the field of composition, I discuss several of my works written from 2015-18 which use headphones as a medium for communication to performers. The compositional methods of these pieces are explained and analysed, before some aesthetic ramifications are discussed, and avenues for future research elaborated.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Divisions: Bath School of Music & Performing Arts
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2020 14:27
Last Modified: 02 Nov 2020 14:27
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