David Lang's The So-Called Laws of Nature: An Analysis with an Emphasis On Compositional Processes

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Title:
David Lang's The So-Called Laws of Nature: An Analysis with an Emphasis On Compositional Processes
Author:
Shinbara, Scott
Issue Date:
2013
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
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Abstract:
Compared to the solo percussion works, little academic work has been done in the research and analysis of percussion ensemble compositions. David Lang, a Pulitzer Prize winning composer, has written many prominent works for percussion in both the solo and chamber setting. His work, The So-Called Laws of Nature for percussion quartet, written in 2001, has quickly become standard repertoire. Lang composed the piece with many overlapping processes, patterns that are affected in a pre-defined manner, in line with his totalist style. Using traditional analytical methods would not accurately represent the complexity the work has to offer to the performer. This paper will attempt to find musical significance by breaking down the individual processes.The conclusions from this research are mostly open-ended and, to some extent, subjective. The most effective performers will take the objective analytical information and use it to create an informed, well-intentioned, subjective experience. In this study of The So-Called Laws of Nature the analysis attempts to connect the objective--the data--and the subjective--the analysis of that data--to work together to aid the performer to create the best possible musical and ultimately artistic interpretation.
Type:
text; Electronic Dissertation
Keywords:
Percussion; So-Called Laws of Nature; Music; David Lang
Degree Name:
D.M.A.
Degree Level:
doctoral
Degree Program:
Graduate College; Music
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Weinberg, Norman

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dc.titleDavid Lang's The So-Called Laws of Nature: An Analysis with an Emphasis On Compositional Processesen_US
dc.creatorShinbara, Scotten_US
dc.contributor.authorShinbara, Scotten_US
dc.date.issued2013-
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractCompared to the solo percussion works, little academic work has been done in the research and analysis of percussion ensemble compositions. David Lang, a Pulitzer Prize winning composer, has written many prominent works for percussion in both the solo and chamber setting. His work, The So-Called Laws of Nature for percussion quartet, written in 2001, has quickly become standard repertoire. Lang composed the piece with many overlapping processes, patterns that are affected in a pre-defined manner, in line with his totalist style. Using traditional analytical methods would not accurately represent the complexity the work has to offer to the performer. This paper will attempt to find musical significance by breaking down the individual processes.The conclusions from this research are mostly open-ended and, to some extent, subjective. The most effective performers will take the objective analytical information and use it to create an informed, well-intentioned, subjective experience. In this study of The So-Called Laws of Nature the analysis attempts to connect the objective--the data--and the subjective--the analysis of that data--to work together to aid the performer to create the best possible musical and ultimately artistic interpretation.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeElectronic Dissertationen_US
dc.subjectPercussionen_US
dc.subjectSo-Called Laws of Natureen_US
dc.subjectMusicen_US
dc.subjectDavid Langen_US
thesis.degree.nameD.M.A.en_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineMusicen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorWeinberg, Normanen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberKirkbride, Jerryen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberThomas, Kellanden_US
dc.contributor.committeememberWeinberg, Normanen_US
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