Composing with Time
I have recently completed my doctorate in composition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, investigating the manipulation of time as a primary organising factor in musical composition. Through a series of compositions which exhibit and combine together various different ways in which musical time can be perceived, my doctorate aimed to confront, interrogate, and in some cases subvert my own past tendencies in search of a music whose engagement with time is lively and multidimensional. My doctoral research explored the ways in which past composers and theorists have investigated and understood musical time, focussing in particular on ideas put forward by Gérard Grisey and Jonathan Kramer, as well as generating, combining, and implementing such ideas through the act of composition.
This project was supervised by Professor Julian Anderson and Dr Edmund Finnis, and kindly supported by the Guildhall School Trust and the Mountsorrel Education Fund.