Billy O'Brien, Connecting abstract values to artistic choices: The significance of the themes of death and melancholy in Maurice Ravel's Miroirs and implications for interpretation and performance. (DMusPerf, Royal Irish Academy of Music), in progress

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 Author:  O'Brien, Billy 
 Title:  Connecting abstract values to artistic choices: The significance of the themes of death and melancholy in Maurice Ravel's Miroirs and implications for interpretation and performance. 
 Degree, institution:  DMusPerf, Royal Irish Academy of Music 
 Status, year:  in progress 
 Supervisor(s):  Denise Neary  
 General specialism:  Musicology: Performance Studies  
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Artistic Research; Piano Performance; Philosophy of Music; Interpretation
Maurice Ravel
France
Piano
 Summary (provisional):  This research project is in two parts. The first part investigates the significance of the themes of death and melancholy in Maurice Ravel’s Miroirs. It addresses existing scholarship relating to Ravel’s creative process, his network of influence, and scholarship on aesthetics of melancholy generally. It discusses the particular influence of Edgar Allan Poe’s Philosophy of Composition on Ravel’s approach to composition and explores the conception of the Miroirs suite in 1904/5. The second part provides an interpretive analysis of Noctuelles, the first piece in Miroirs, informed by scholars in the field of Artistic Research such as Nicholas Cook, Mine Dogantan Dack and John Rink. It considers the research from Part One in relation to ideas of theme and meaning in the work, and the bearing this has on the embodiment of its performance. This unique approach offers fresh perspectives into performance practice, particularly as it relates to music of this period.