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dc.contributor.advisor Bailey, Walter
dc.creatorWitt, Alexis L.
dc.date.accessioned 2018-12-03T18:32:09Z
dc.date.available 2018-12-03T18:32:09Z
dc.date.issued 2007
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1911/103646
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this project is to present and elaborate upon the relatively unexplored concept of an aesthetic of "difficulty". The aesthetic of difficulty begins as compositional intent, is expressed through the experience of the performer, and ultimately is perceived by the listener. Difficulty itself, not to be confused with virtuosity, refers to segments or pieces of music that are uncomfortably challenging for the sake of intentionally sounding "hard" or labored. For example, when a knowledgeable composer purposefully writes a part that is unidiomatic for a particular instrument, or makes use of fingerings or ranges that would have been problematic in order to achieve an effect. Furthermore, this aesthetic is lost to the modern music world primarily because of the influence of recording technology on the perception of performance, and developments in instrument construction and design.
dc.format.extent 54 pp
dc.language.iso eng
dc.subjectMusic
Communication and the arts
dc.title The aesthetic of difficulty
dc.identifier.digital 304803036
dc.type.genre Thesis
dc.type.material Text
thesis.degree.department Music
thesis.degree.discipline Music
thesis.degree.grantor Rice University
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.name Master of Music
dc.identifier.callno THESIS MUSIC 2008 WITT
dc.identifier.citation Witt, Alexis L.. "The aesthetic of difficulty." (2007) Master’s Thesis, Rice University. https://hdl.handle.net/1911/103646.


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