About the Project
Music and stories have complemented and co-developed with each other since the beginning of human communication and cultural expression. The first epic poems and ancient dramas in Greece, setting the standard in classical drama for millennia to come, were most likely sung. The marriage of music, drama and visual art through opera was referred to by Wagner as the “ultimate art form” at the height of the romanticism of the 19th century. Twentieth-century modernism pushed the boundaries of both music and narrative arts with the introduction of technology, allowing for incorporation of recordings and visual media, and a wider variety of musical styles contributing to concert music. The prominence of non-diegetic film music and musical theatre (both on the stage and screen), particularly in recent years, shows the public’s natural affinity for stories told through combination of drama and music, even as the popularity of concert music allegedly declines. Therefore, this innovative PhD research project in vocal or choral music composition will focus on 21st century concert music and narrative in order to further explore and revitalise the relationship between music and linguistic narrative. Opera, oratorio, the mass and large-scale vocal compositions will be at the heart of this research project.
This project is funded by a University of Aberdeen Elphinstone Scholarship. An Elphinstone Scholarship covers the cost of tuition fees, whether Home, EU or Overseas.
Selection will be made on the basis of academic merit. For information about English-language requirements, see https://www.abdn.ac.uk/study/international/english-requirements.php