Heaton, R (2016) 'Reflections on consonance and dissonance: Christopher Fox's early works for clarinet.' In: Dodd, R, ed. Perspectives on the music of Christopher Fox: straight lines in broken times. Routledge, Abingdon, pp. 52-60. ISBN 9781472428240

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This chapter discusses the difficulties of placing Fox's music in any particular school or 'ism' as his work moves freely and easily between tonality and atonality - the consonance and dissonance of the title. The author discusses a handful of works for clarinet that were either written for him, or that have been performed by him, and also broadens the discussion into issues of the composer's intentions and contemporary performance practice: what is it performers do when presented with music that might at first glance be impossible to play? The discussion and analysis of these pieces reveals a composer who is able to experiment while not being a slave to style. Fox obviously enjoys the differing materials he finds himself using for each new piece and always relishes the challenges of differing situations and instruments/players with an obvious sense of humour and real joy in the making that is always not far below the surface of the music.

Item Type: Book Chapter or Section
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > ML Literature of music
Divisions: College of Liberal Arts
Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2016 12:41
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