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An investigation into narrative as a compositional approach
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posted on 05.12.2016by Toppi, Antonio
This folio of seven musical works explores compositional approaches to narrative.
Central to this project has been the study of narrative in the literary sense and its musical
representation and manifestations. My compositional approach was informed by an
understanding of narrative that developed through interdisciplinary readings in literature,
literary theory and musicology.
The compositions offer a variety of approaches to how non-musical narratives may be
expressed in music. Three of the compositions are chamber works for recorder, flute, piano
and bass viola da gamba that musically realise stories from Ovid's Metamorphosis. The three
theatre excerpts belonging to the musical play In the Beginning .. .In the End .. explore stories
inspired by real situations. The accompaniment of these works consists of flute, clarinet in Bb,
violin, violoncello, keyboard and percussion. The voice is incorporated as either a soloist, in a
quartet or in a choral group. The seventh work is an electronic realisation of the personal
narratives of my four grandparents' lives in Italy during and post World War 2, and travel to
Australia in the 1970s.
The seven compositions are accompanied by a critical commentary that provides
insight on narrative in both the literary and musical senses, and the musical influences that
have guided my investigation. Details on my compositional techniques are included to outline
how narrative has been worked into my approach.