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A performer's interpretation of Andrew Ford's Tales of the Supernatural


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Joughin, PF 2013 , 'A performer's interpretation of Andrew Ford's Tales of the Supernatural', Research Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Australian composer Andrew Ford (1957-) is well known within Australia as a
Radio presenter for the ABC, and perhaps lesser known as a composer. He has a
catalogue of over 160 works including a large number of commissions which span
many different styles and orchestrations and cover a range of subjects including
dramatic, topical, fanciful and historical. His compositions range from extremely
atonal to tonal. They vary in difficulty, but remain accessible to the ear and have been
performed by some of Australia's most prominent artists. This research explores one
specific piece/ Tales of the Supernatural composed in 2002. This set of folk songs for
voice and string quartet has been performed only a small number of times, each time
with a female singer. Given Ford's propensity for clarity in intention, I have chosen to
explore the possibility and implications of the piece being performed by male voice,
and also evaluate his use of the texts that comprise the cycle and the way he sets them
to music.
The cycle is a collection of six folk tales, one of which is repeated to bring the cycle
to a close. I have concentrated on each of the tales as they are set within the cycle,
looking at their thematic content, devices and motives used and overall effect as a
subset ofthe whole cycle. In studying the characteristics of Ford's work, I also outline
my interpretation ofthis work and the outcomes for both myself as singer, and the
quartet. Through this examination and evaluation, this research raises awareness of
one of Andrew Ford's compositions and broadens the performance opportunities for
the work by its inclusion in repertoire for male medium to low voice.

Item Type: Thesis - Research Master
Authors/Creators:Joughin, PF
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