Author Identifier

Azariah Felton

Date of Award


Document Type



Edith Cowan University

Degree Name

Bachelor of Music Honours


Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA)

First Supervisor

Dr Lindsay Vickery


This dissertation examines the manner in which postminimalist compositional techniques such as phasing, polymeter, etc., can be used to aid the creation of music for dance. Music presented with dance generally serves at least two crucial roles: providing the dancers with a framework and impetus to aid movement; and reflecting the concept and meaning, where applicable, of the choreography. Many composers writing for dance must find ways to unite these goals in a way that best suits the total work, and find a balance between supporting the concept and assisting the dancers. This dissertation discusses the relationship between choreography and composition by examining existing research in choreomusicology. The practice-based component compares the conclusions of the research discussion to the outcomes of my own artistic practice when composing for contemporary dance. As postminimalist compositional techniques can be applied to a range of instrumentations and genres, they can provide a broad range of textural and timbral possibilities to generate emotional response and communicate meaning. The emphasis on rhythm and repetition facilitates choreography and movement by providing a framework upon which dance can be constructed and performed.