Composing a “concept album” in the classical tradition: using elements of progressive rock in COG SONG

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John Isaac Ward (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Alejandro Rutty

Abstract: There are numerous precedents in the classical tradition for collections of songs delivering a unified idea. These pieces typically make use of traditionally classical instruments and vocal styles. However, for my thesis, I composed Cog Song, a piece of music around the idea of the progressive rock concept album, with this impacting my decisions regarding the story elements, text, musical forms, instrumentation, and timbre. This thesis examines a brief history of the concept album as well as progressive rock, examining two specific pieces which had considerable impact on the piece I composed: A Passion Play by Jethro Tull, and “Supper’s Ready,” by Genesis. The thesis also describes the construction of Cog Song, as well as ways that progressive rock music shaped my decisions. The last section of the thesis details how my composition process varied from that of some traditions in progressive rock music.

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Language: English
Date: 2019
Classical, Composition, Progressive Rock
Progressive rock music $v Scores
Progressive rock music $x History and criticism

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