Luening’s invention in twelve tones: transcription and max patch for performance by the contemporary flutist

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Abigail H. Simoneau (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Ashley Barret

Abstract: The purpose of this project was to provide a transcription and Max patch for Otto Luening’s Invention in Twelve Tones. Composed in 1952, Invention in Twelve Tones was presented at the first public concert of electroacoustic music in the United States at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Luening’s original work was prerecorded without a score, and he presented the premiere to the audience via audiotape. The transcription and Max patch are used in conjunction for performance of Invention of Twelve Tones. This project serves to make Invention in Twelve Tones accessible for live performance by a trio of flutists on piccolo, C flute, and bass flute. Included in this dissertation is information about Otto Luening, a Max patch to be used in performance, a performance guide to set up the patch, and a printed transcription of Invention in Twelve Tones. Background information for the project was collected primarily through readings on Otto Luening, the history of electroacoustic music, and study of the original manuscript and subsequent recordings.

Additional Information

Language: English
Date: 2020
Electroacoustic Music, Electronic Music, Invention in Twelve Tones, Otto Luening, Tape Music
Luening, Otto, $d 1900-1996. $t Inventions, $m piano.
Arrangements (Music) $2 lcgft

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