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教師績優事蹟(郭瓊交助理教授)-AHCI期刊

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Research Article

BAROQUE MINIMALISM IN JOHN ADAMS'S VIOLIN CONCERTO

Kheng Keow Koay

Abstract

This study explores Adams's interpretation of Baroque genres and his creative methods that draw on a relationship between past and present in the Violin Concerto. In this composition, Adams not only revives Baroque musical language through new performance practices, but also draws together diverse musical idioms, creating a way to communicate with our society. Repetition plays a large part in the Violin Concerto, but more in the sense of variation and sequences than of literal repetition. On the other hand, techniques such as the Lombard Snap and 「unequal-note' (notes inégales) are not treated in a traditional way. Structurally, although there is no trace of motivic connexion throughout the work, the music does not lack stylistic unity. The 『harmonic' language is generally consonant, which reflects Adams's honor of conventional musical sound. The Concerto certainly demonstrates the composer's creative imagination.

Kheng K. Koay is an Assistant Professor of Musicology in the School of Music at National Sun Yat-sen University, Taiwan. Koay has commenced publishing her articles on analyses of Schnittke's music, Daniel Bernard Roumain's String Quartets and many other composers. She is the author of a forthcoming book entitled: Tracing the Beats: The Fusion of American Vernacular and Western Art Music.

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