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Completing the circle : the flute music of Gergely Ittzés

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McPherson, AJ (2016) Completing the circle : the flute music of Gergely Ittzés. PhD thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Abstract

Hungarian flutist Gergely Ittzés (b. 1969) has enjoyed a flourishing career as a recording and performing artist and has also developed a reputation as a composer of avant-garde flute music. His works are some of the most difficult and fascinating in the repertoire, emerging out of Ittzés’s desire to fully explore, in a systematic way, the technical, acoustic and musical possibilities of the flute. A commission by the prestigious National Flute Association in the United States in 2011 has brought his music to a wider international audience. His reputation as a composer has only blossomed fairly recently and combined with his relative youth, this has meant that there is very little scholarly literature focussing directly on Ittzés and his work. To date, there have been no large-scale studies undertaken examining his compositional output.
This study fills a gap in the literature by providing an extensive exploration of the use of extended techniques in Ittzés’s flute compositions, through performance and written exegesis. This is the first comprehensive study into the use of extended techniques across Ittzés’s repertoire of flute works. Drawing on interviews with the composer, this research also provides a unique insight into Ittzés’s life and the inspiration and concepts behind his work. This exegesis also includes a guide for performing Ittzés’s works and sheds light on how Ittzés intends for them to be interpreted. Chapter 1 provides biographical details about Ittzés and outlines the literature discussing extended techniques. The second chapter explores the key influences on Ittzés’s work as a flutist and composers, particularly the influence of Hungarian flutist István Matuz. Chapters 3 and 4 discuss Ittzés’s compositions from 1988 through to 2012, tracing the development of his style over his career so far. Chapter 5 is a performance guide, offering a method for studying three of Ittzés’s compositions. The techniques from this guide can then be extrapolated to apply to the remainder of his oeuvre. Ittzés is still composing, so this study explores what may amount to only the first part of his output, but it lays the groundwork for future studies into one of the most significant and experimental flutist-composers of his generation.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Keywords: flute, Gergely Ittzés, extended techniques, contemporary music, multiphonics
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Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2017 23:48
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