Cheek to cheek: Transforming a compositional practice through collaboration

Author Identifiers

Johannes Luebbers


Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA)

First Advisor

Renee Newman

Second Advisor

Lindsay Vickery

Third Advisor

Stewart Smith


Throughout the history of art music there are few examples of collaborations between composers resulting in multi-authored works. Collaboration in music performance and other artistic endeavours however is well established, as is the benefit of collaboration in other fields of study. This research investigates collaborative precedents throughout the history of art music and builds on these, exploring what happens when composers collaborate. Specifically, through a practice-led methodology, 10 compositional projects are developed through collaboration with different groups and individuals. Specific methods emerge through practice, with insight gained from each project shaping the next, leading to a reiterative, reflexive research process. This culminates in a series of collaborative models for composers resulting in 10 distinct artistic projects, demonstrating the creative potential of collaborative composition. These results suggest that collaboration between composers is under-explored and has the potential to contribute new and novel approaches to composition. Both the resulting creative work and collaborative models may serve as frameworks for composers to increase collaborative work in their own practice.

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