Portfolio of Original Compositions

  • Jose Puello

Student thesis: Phd


The portfolio consists of seven instrumental compositions, composed during a period of three years. The portfolio is accompanied by a CD and DVD, containing the recordings of the compositions, and a written commentary. The latter gives an overview of the portfolio and focuses on the most important compositional issues. The Introduction presents the early influences and describes the evolution of the author's musical language. Chapter 1 studies the author's personal identity and Dominican identity and their influence on the music. Chapter 2 examines the different musical structures in the portfolio, comparing them to the traditional narrative arc. Chapter 3 discusses the origins of the rhythmic language and its elements, focusing on the creation of different textures. Chapter 4 deals with pitch and the construction of harmonic soundworlds. Chapter 5 studies the ritualistic elements and their evolution in the portfolio. The conclusion gives details of the compositions the author has written since finishing the portfolio and his future plans.
Date of Award1 Aug 2015
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Manchester
SupervisorCamden Reeves (Supervisor) & Richard Whalley (Supervisor)

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