CREWS, Rita Sandra

PhD University of New England 1994 Pages: 522 + 259

An analytical study of the piano works of Roy Agnew, Margaret Sutherland, and Dulcie Holland, including biographical material

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Abstract reproduced with the permission of the author
This study investigates the piano works of three Australian composers, Roy Agnew (1891-1944), Margaret Sutherland (1897-1984) and Dulcie Holland (1913-2000*). It seeks to examine the various influences that have contributed towards each composer’s attitude to composition and then to analyse compositional procedures that are used in their piano works.

The composers are placed within an historical framework by the use of extensive archival resources in order to collate and examine biographical material relating to family background, education and musical training. The composers’ various approaches to compositional methodology are studied, firstly, by an analytical overview of the compositional techniques used in the majority of their piano works and secondly, through a detailed analysis of 26 works selected from the combined output of the three composers. The overview procedure entails extracting and identifying the numerous compositonal techniques that are contained in over 200 piano works including published and unpublished scores. Over 400 musical examples are used to illustrate the various compositional procedures and techniques that are referred to in the text.

Volume 2 contains the scores of unpublished works referred to in Volume 1 as well as published and unpublished works that are fully analysed.

In two volumes:
Volume 1 - Text and Musical Examples
Volume 2 - Selected Piano Scores
[* Dulcie Holland died in 2000, some time after this study was completed]

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[Aug 2008] President, Music Teachers' Association of NSW & Editor The Studio, Deputy Chair, AMEB [NSW] & Syllabus Advisor, Written Subjects