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Portfolio of Compositions

The music in this portfolio of original compositions is steeped in the Western tradition of tonal music. The pieces were written while also pursuing a professional career as a bassoonist touring internationally and performing a wide variety of western art music, from Renaissance to contemporary. I have responded to these influences consciously and unconsciously in my music. The overarching focus of this composition portfolio is to provide an answer to the question — to what extent do musical influences impact on the compositions of an international touring performer? Underpinning the portfolio is the fact that the pieces were all written in New Zealand during periods of intense reflection and study. While I am constantly collecting ideas and inspiration for my music while travelling, I consolidate and realise these ideas only when I am home. I identify with being a New Zealand composer, with cosmopolitan influences on my music reflecting the global influences on New Zealand’s culture and art. Working closely with composers performing their music has also informed my composition. I mention Gillian Whitehead in particular, whose music I have performed widely. The two outer pieces in the portfolio, Huia and Manaia 4 are the most directly associated with New Zealand in their subject matter. Other pieces have foreign themes, from my nocturnal impressions of New York in Night Music to the Ancient Greece of Ostrakon to the West African poetry of Four Songs. All of the pieces were written for professional musicians to perform, including the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and the Sydney Omega Ensemble. Having these outstanding performers in mind while writing, and interacting with these musicians during the composition process, has informed my writing.
Type of thesis
Hoadley, B. R. (2016). Portfolio of Compositions (Thesis, Master of Music (MMus)). University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10289/10776
University of Waikato
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