Portfolio of Original Compositions

  • Yvonne Eccles

Student thesis: Phd


The objective in this compositional research has been to create a portfolio of compositions with the goal of developing my musical language. This has been achieved through a portfolio that explores characterisation, transformation, dialogue, interaction, contrast and, latterly, timbre in the context of a teleological framework.Seven works are presented for a range of instrumental and vocal forces according to the opportunities taken throughout the research period. The majority of the works in the portfolio are under 10 minutes in duration and the final two cumulative works explore longer timeframes of c.15 and c.30 minutes respectively.The seven pieces are presented in the order of completion:1. Multiple Infection (2010) for clarinet, cello, percussion and piano.2. Contrasting Spectrum (2011) for flute, clarinet, violin, cello and piano.3. Splintering Factions (2012) for chamber orchestra.4. Chinese Whispers (2013) for violin and viola.5. Memoriam retinebimus (2014) for SATB choir and solo group (4 females and 2 males).6. Sporos (2015) for string quartet.7. Relentless Continuum (2015-2016) for symphony orchestra.This portfolio also includes an analytical commentary in eight chapters prefaced with an opening section (part one) introducing the author and compositional research. This part also presents elements of the author's musical language including a short introduction of characterisation, teleology, transformation, dialogue, interaction, contrast and timbre with a brief discussion of notable influences that led to the implementation of these elements. Lastly, part two details the seven pieces of the portfolio in the form of musical commentaries over seven chapters, one piece being discussed in each chapter. The last chapter presents reflections and evaluations on the portfolio and future goals.
Date of Award1 Aug 2017
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Manchester
SupervisorKevin Malone (Supervisor) & Philip Grange (Supervisor)


  • Manchester
  • Commentary
  • Composition
  • PhD
  • Music

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