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Module Reading List - Acoustic

Composition, 2017/18, Semester 1, 2
Dr Oliver Thurley
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Books and articles

Cross, Jonathan, Harrison Birtwistle : man, mind, music (London: Faber) 2000

Griffiths, Paul, Peter Maxwell Davies (London: Robson Books) 1982

Hall, Michael, Harrison Birtwistle in recent years (London: Robson Books) 1998

Harvey, Jonathan, In quest of spirit : thoughts on music London: University of California Press 1999

Harvey, Jonathan, Downes, Michael (ed.), Music and inspiration London: Faber 1999

Hill, Peter (ed.), Messiaen companion (London: Faber and Faber) 1995

Matossian, Nouritza, Xenakis , (London: Kahn and Averill) 1990

Monelle, Raymond, Linguistics and semiotics in music ***

Morgan, Robert P. Twentieth-century music : a history of musical style in modern Europe and America (USA: Norton) 1991

O’Hagan, Peter (ed.), Aspects of British music of the 1990s Aldershot: Ashgate 2003

Osmond-Smith, David, Berio (Oxford University Press) 1991

Pople, Anthony, Messiaen: Quatuor pour la Fin du Temps (Cambridge University Press) 1998

Seabrook, Mike, Max : the life and music of Peter Maxwell Davies (Kent: Victor Gollancz) 1994

Sherlaw Johnson, Robert, Messiaen (London: Dent) 1989

Smith Brindle, Reginald, The new music : the avant-garde since 1945 (Oxford University Press) 1993

Spencer, Michael, 'Dillon's L'évolution du vol : an Evolution of Stylistics or a Flight from National identity? ' in Musica Scotica, 2008

Spencer, Michael, ‘Replacing the Dialectic: Notions of Compositional Procedure in James Dillon’s German Tryptych’ in British Musicology Online , Volume 5, 2002 ( )

Tagg, Philip, ***

Whittall, Arnold, Music since the First World War (Oxford University Press) 1977

Whittall, Arnold, Musical composition in the twentieth century (Oxford University Press) 1999

Xenakis, Iannis, Formalized music : thought and mathematics in composition (Indiana University Press) 1971

Articles on Xenakis, Cage, Wolff, Birtwistle, Maxwell Davies, Messiaen, Feldman and Lutosławski can be found on JSTOR and library searches for Maxwell Davies and Birtwistle will be useful for score and CD resources.

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Web resources

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Birtwistle, Harrison, Birtwistle [sound recording] : Secret theatre . (Universal Edition) 1981

Birtwistle, Harrison Earth dances (Universal Edition) 1990

Birtwistle, Harrison, Nenia : the death of Orpheus (Universal Edition) 1974

Birtwistle, Harrison, Secret Theatre (Universal Edition) 1991

Boulez, Pierre, Le Marteau sans Maître , ( ***? )

Dillon, James, L'évolution du vol : female voice and chamber ensemble (London, Edition peters) 1996

Dillon, James, _ once upon a time : chamber ensemble (London; Frankfurt: Edition peters) c. 1983

Maxwell Davies, Peter, Ave maris stella (Boosey and Hawkes) c. 1975

Maxwell Davies, Peter, Eight songs for a mad king : music-theatre work for male voice and ensemble (Boosey and Hawkes) 1971

Maxwell Davies, Peter, Fantasia on O Magnum Mysterium (Schott) c. 1968

Maxwell Davies, Peter, Stone Litany Runes from a House of the Dead (Boosey and Hawkes) no date

Messiaen, Olivier, Quatuor pour la Fin du Temps (Durand) 1942

Rihm, Wolfgang, Musik für Drei Streicher (Universal Edition) 1978

Stockhausen, Karlheinz, Kontakte (Universal Edition) 1966

Stockhausen, Karlheinz, Kreuzspiel (Universal Edition) 1960

Stockhausen, Karlheinz, Zyklus (Universal Edition) 1960

Stravinsky, Igor, Symphony in C [sound recording] ; Symphony in three movements ; Symphonies of wind instruments (Boosey and Hawkes) c. 1950

Stravinsky, Igor, The Rite of Spring (Boosey and Hawkes) 1921

Xenakis, Iannis, Dmaathen (Salabert) 1988

Xenakis, Iannis, Eonta (Boosey and Hawkes) 1967

Xenakis, Iannis, Nomos A : (1965), violoncello solo (Boosey and Hawkes) 1967

Xenakis, Iannis, Phlegra (1975) : pour 11 musiciens (Salabert) 1976

Xenakis, Iannis, Rebonds : pour percussion solo (1987-89) (Salabert) 2003

Xenakis, Iannis, Syrmos : (1959) (Salabert) 1967

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Sound recordings

Dillon, James, East 11th Street, Windows and canopies, La femme invisible [sound recording] [sound recording], (NMC) 1991

Mochizuki, Misato, Si bleu, si calme [sound recording]; All that is including me; Chimera; Intermezzi I; La chambre claire

Spahlinger, Mathias, Intermezzo [sound recording] ; 128 erfüllte Augenblicke ; In dem ganzen Ocean von Empfindungen eine Welle absonderne, sie anhalten  (Wergo Musicmedia) c. 1993

Xenakis, Iannis, Music for strings [sound recording] (New York: Mode) 2005

Other literature may be suggested throughout the course.

This list was last updated on 23/09/2014