Date of Award

2008

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Music Honours

School

Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA)

Faculty

Faculty of Education & Arts

First Advisor

Dr Matt Styles

Abstract

This paper will investigate Reich's 1967 composition Piano Phase, exploring the work's development from tape loops, the resultant patterns found in the work, the process involved, notation used, and also examples of phasing found in other works. Further, discussions will also take place with regards to both the author's, and David Cossin's adaptations of Piano Phase, including instrument choice and configuration, film and lighting requirements and rehearsal techniques. This project aims to present an adaptation of Piano Phase for solo percussion and multimedia, which provides an accurate visual representation of the process used in Piano Phase as well as taking into account Reich's compositional philosophies.

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