Thesis with Commentary on the Portfolio of Original Compositions

Glover, Martin Stewart. 2008. Thesis with Commentary on the Portfolio of Original Compositions. Doctoral thesis, Goldsmiths, University of London [Thesis]

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The introduction to the commentary on the submitted works attempts to locate the music within a broad cultural context. Modernism is seen as a significant point of reference and is defended for its idealism. In pursuance of this defence, issues concerning the relationship of art to religious belief are investigated. A modem definition of art is proposed in terms of the difficulty of creating closure. Closure is seen as particularly significant in relationship to our perceptions of the the apparent chaos which pervades life in a broadly secular climate. Chaos is presented as problematic and related to the sense of horror engendered by a contemplation of infinity. At the same time it is suggested that chaos only exists as a category for perception and is something of a mask, covering up the complex visions of reality presented by the sciences. In light of the difficulty of creating closure in a manner which does not create a false relationship with chaos (and/or complexity) the concept of 'constellations' is investigated. This is undertaken with a view to uncovering its developing significance in composition and in particular its influence on methods used in the submitted works.

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Thesis (Doctoral)

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chaos, secular climate, broad cultural context, music, constellations, religious belief

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01 Jul 2020 14:32

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08 Sep 2022 12:47


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