Research (Projects 5-7)

All my projects were influenced by a number of research I did, which covers a range of woodwind instruments and different scales, many in the context of distinct cultures and historical periods. Click the category links below to access them. The research posts are also mentioned at the beginning of each project post.

Project 5

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There are quite a lot of research posts I did for each example of Project 5, which I listed below.

Example 1

1 – Introduction to the Western Plainchant

2 – The Formative Years of the Christian Plainchant

3 – Early neumatic notation

4 – Genres, style and centonization of the Gregorian chant

5 – Pentatonicism in the Gregorian Chant

Example 2

1 – Mythical Ancient Chinese Music

2 – History of Chinese Music and the pentatonic scale

3 – Chinese folk songs

Example 3

1 –  Early History of Scottish Music

2 – Scottish Folksongs and Scotch Snap

Project 6

The Project 6 is about analyzing two compositions from the list given in the course material. As I already had quite an extensive knowledge on the musical form, I didn’t do any additional research, but relied on my previous studies.

Project 7

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I extended the melodies for Project 7 into longer compositions. Since they were similar in style, I have grouped them into two thematic series – Esquisses for Four Elemental Beings and Two Mythical Places. Thus, I have grouped my research into these categories.

For Esquisses for Four Mythical Beings

For No. 1. Undine –    1 – The Use of Whole-tone Scale until Liszt

2 – Whole-tone Scale in the Music of Liszt

                                   3 – Whole-tone Scale and its transpositions; the Russian Composers and Impressionists

                                       4 – Clarinet

For No. 2. Kthonios – 1 – Octatonic scale and Orientalism

2 –Introduction to the Middle Eastern Modes

                                      3 – Arabic Maqamat

                                      4 – Modulations of the Arabic maqamat

                                      5 – Bassoon

For No. 3. Sylph –      1 – Nonatonic Scale and its Coincidental Use until Tcherepnin

                                      2 – Nonatonic scale in the Music of Tcherepnin

                                      3 – Overlapping of the Words: Flute, Whistle and Pipe; and the Primitive Reedless Woodwind Aerophones

For No. 4. Salamander – 1 – Chromatic scale

                                            2 – Saxophone

Two Mythical Places

For No. 1. A castle neither in the sky nor on the ground

For No. 2. Lazy-Luscious Land