Stretching the string: Embedding pedagogical strategies in extended techniques compositions for strings

Knox, Garth (2019) Stretching the string: Embedding pedagogical strategies in extended techniques compositions for strings. PhD thesis, Middlesex University.

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Abstract

The central focus of this research project is the question of how pedagogic strategies concerning the teaching of extended techniques for string instruments can be embedded into original compositions. I show how practical studio-based experimentation, exploration and development of these extended techniques can generate written concert pieces, the study of which will help instrumentalists to acquire the technical and musical resources they need in order to be able to deliver convincing and creative interpretations of contemporary works which include the said techniques.

After giving a brief review of the historical and musical context, these pieces are explained in detail. How and why they were written with the double function of concert pieces and learning paths for the player with explicit pedagogical content is discussed in four essays, which raise some fundamental issues involved in playing, writing and teaching music. Through these essays, I explain my strategy of empowering and equipping the player with the technical and aesthetic means of contributing to the creative interpretation of each piece, emphasizing the collaborative aspect of musical creation.

Videos of complete performances of all the pieces are included in the thesis, as well as some explanatory videos.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Research Areas: A. > School of Art and Design
B. > Theses
Item ID: 26519
Depositing User: Brigitte Joerg
Date Deposited: 29 May 2019 14:18
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 14:21
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/26519

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