The Pierrot Ensembles

Dromey, Christopher ORCID logoORCID: (2010) The Pierrot Ensembles. PhD thesis, King's College, London. [Thesis]


The ‘Pierrot’ ensemble of mixed single strings, winds and piano has become standard in contemporary music, yet it is a genre that had neither been categorised nor explored analytically. This novel line-up, derived from Arnold Schoenberg’s Pierrot lunaire, Op. 21 (1912), inspired a new, British-led repertory that influenced composition as much as concert life. I chronicled this lineage of Pierrot ensembles to offer an alternative reading of twentieth-century music and culture. The thesis included analysis of salient works by Peter Maxwell Davies, Elisabeth Lutyens and Humphrey Searle, and drew on research in the Paul Sacher Stiftung (Basel) and Britten-Pears Archive (Aldeburgh), rediscovering previously unpublished works by Harrison Birtwistle and Benjamin Britten.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Research Areas: A. > School of Media and Performing Arts > Performing Arts > Music group
Item ID: 19325
Depositing User: Dr Chris Dromey
Date Deposited: 18 Apr 2016 09:32
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2021 16:47

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