Wednesday 10 March 2010, 4.00PM
Speaker(s): Mark Hutchinson (University of York)
My research focusses on the notion of musical 'coherence' within the works of a number of composers active since 1990. Attempts (mostly misguided) to pigeonhole these composers often describe them in terms of 'posts': 'post-spectral', 'post-Darmstadt', 'post-minimalist'). The works combine a variety of different traditions and approaches in a fluid and often quite intuitive way – often leaving very little in the way of 'system' for the analyst to cling onto.
In fact, this seems to be a good thing. In the event their works hold together both aurally and expressively, communicating in a strikingly clear way for all their breadth of reference and often-tangled construction. How can we make some sense of this striking communicative power without getting stuck in tired old attempts at analytical over-ordering? In an attempt to find out, this paper will examine formal coherence within one representative work from this period – Adès's string quartet Arcadiana.
Location: Room 107