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An Investigation into the Application of the Hindemith Method to Jazz-Based Composition.

posted on 2017-08-13, 23:11 authored by RALPH ANDREW WHITEOAK
Ralph Whiteoak’s study presents a folio of jazz oriented compositions inspired by the music of legendary Australian modern jazz and saxophone virtuoso, Frank Smith (1927-74). Smith attributed his phenomenal skill to the study of neo-tonal music theory of the German composer, Paul Hindemith (1895-1963). The main objective of the project was to determine Hindemith’s influences and concepts that enabled Smith to compose and improvise music in a seemingly inimitable way and then systematically learn and adapt these influences to create a folio jazz related compositions.


Principal supervisor

Thomas Reiner

Additional supervisor 1

Paul Williamson

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Department, School or Centre

Theatre, Performance and Music


Doctor of Philosophy (Music Composition)

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Faculty of Arts

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