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MUSICAL AUTODIDACTS, CAN WE DO IT OURSELVES?; EXPLORING THE HISTORIES OF THOSE WHO HAVE

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2015
Abstract/Description:
Artistry, particularly musical, is subjective and success in artistry can be achieved by more than one route. I consider myself an autodidactic musician by the musical and compositional achievements I have made without formal music training. I chose to research the compositional traits of other autodidacts to see their successes and challenges with their knowledge. George Gershwin, Danny Elfman, and John Bucchino come from a different background, a different time period in music, and each comes from a different stylistic genre. This research describes each of these composers' influences, approach to composing, and any advantages or disadvantages they have faced because of their lack of formal music and music theory training. I wanted to know what skills and instincts composers possess. As part of my study, I composed a song cycle of 10 original musical theatre-style pieces. Notating the sheet music for the songs was a large portion of the project. During the process, I recognized my level of music theory, patterns and habits in my writing, and engaged in the process of making my music accessible.
Title: MUSICAL AUTODIDACTS, CAN WE DO IT OURSELVES?; EXPLORING THE HISTORIES OF THOSE WHO HAVE.
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Name(s): Cline, Abigail, Author
Chicurel-Stein, Steven, Committee Chair
University of Central Florida, Degree Grantor
Type of Resource: text
Date Issued: 2015
Publisher: University of Central Florida
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Artistry, particularly musical, is subjective and success in artistry can be achieved by more than one route. I consider myself an autodidactic musician by the musical and compositional achievements I have made without formal music training. I chose to research the compositional traits of other autodidacts to see their successes and challenges with their knowledge. George Gershwin, Danny Elfman, and John Bucchino come from a different background, a different time period in music, and each comes from a different stylistic genre. This research describes each of these composers' influences, approach to composing, and any advantages or disadvantages they have faced because of their lack of formal music and music theory training. I wanted to know what skills and instincts composers possess. As part of my study, I composed a song cycle of 10 original musical theatre-style pieces. Notating the sheet music for the songs was a large portion of the project. During the process, I recognized my level of music theory, patterns and habits in my writing, and engaged in the process of making my music accessible.
Identifier: CFH0004883 (IID), ucf:45426 (fedora)
Note(s): 2015-12-01
B.F.A.
Arts and Humanities, Dept. of Theatre
Bachelors
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Subject(s): music
composer
autodidact
musical
theatre
george
gershwin
danny
elfman
john
bucchino
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/ucf/fd/CFH0004883
Restrictions on Access: public
Host Institution: UCF

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