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Author: Marie, George T

Title: Tiny Infinity for Orchestra and Stefan Wolpe\'s Zone Technique and Ralph Shapey\'s Late Music: An Intensive Analysis of String Quartet No. 9

Institution: University of Utah

Begun: August 2012

Completed: August 2014

Abstract:


This dissertation consists of two components, a composition for orchestra entitled Tiny Infinity and a theoretical study entitled “Stefan Wolpe’s Zone Technique and Ralph Shapey’s Late Music: An Analysis of the Introduction Movement of Shapey’s String Quartet No. 9.” The article presents a comparative analysis of the first sections of Ralph Shapey’s Form for piano and Stefan Wolpe’s Form for piano, exploring how Wolpe’s zone technique is integral to both composers’ methods for working with the pitches of a twelve-tone row. The comparative analysis of the Form compositions elucidates how Wolpe’s zone technique contributed to Shapey’s development of the serial pre- compositional structure use in his late serial music, the Mother Lode worksheet. Finally, the study explores how the Mother Lode worksheet is deployed in the Introduction movement of String Quartet No. 9 and contextualizes Shapey’s self-imposed label of “radical traditionalist.”

Keywords: Ralph Shapey, Stefan Wolpe, Twelve-Tone Music, Twelve-Tone Row, Serial Music, Twentieth-Century Music

TOC:

PART I: TINY INFINITY FOR ORCHESTRA........................................... 1 Movements
I. THROUGH WATER AND STARS............................................. 4
II. FIRE TRANSFORMED............................................................ 16
III. BURNING MOON.................................................................. 21
IV. CRUSH OF MUD AND LIGHT.................................................. 30
PART II: STEFAN WOLPE’S ZONE TECHNIQUE AND RALPH SHAPEY’S LATE MUSIC: AN INTENSIVE ANALYSIS OF STRING QUARTET NO. 9.............. 41
Chapters
I. INTRODUCTION.................................................................... 42
II. FORM IN THE INTRODUCTION MOVEMENT OF STRING
QUARTET NO. 9................................................................... 62
III. DEPLOYMENT OF THE MOTHER LODE WORKSHEET IN THE INTRODUCTION MOVEMENT................................................ 73
Main Theme.......................................................................... 75 Variation I............................................................................ 80 Variation II............................................................................ 84 Variation III............................................................................ 89 Variation IV............................................................................ 92
Variation V................................................................................ 95 Conclusion.............................................................................. 101
IV. RALPH SHAPEY, THE “RADICAL TRADITIONALIST”.................. 103 APPENDIX:GLOSSARY.................................................................. 108 REFERENCES............................................................................... 110

Contact:

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http://www.georgemarie.org

Date Listed: 08/26/2014


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