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Greer, Taylor Aitken 1955-

Works: 12 works in 24 publications in 1 language and 1,887 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Methods (Music)  Scores  Studies (Music)  Academic theses 
Roles: Author, Thesis advisor
Classifications: MT870.B483, 784.94
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Most widely held works by Taylor Aitken Greer
A question of balance : Charles Seeger's philosophy of music by Taylor Aitken Greer( )

9 editions published between 1998 and 2013 in English and held by 1,848 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"For more than half a century Charles Louis Seeger (1886-1979) led a distinguished career in American music as composer, teacher, author, administrator, and humanist. Seeger's musical life was as eclectic as it was abundant: he not only championed traditions outside the mainstream, including folk and popular music, but also drew on fields outside of music, such as anthropology, linguistics, philosophy, and folklore. In A Question of Balance, Taylor Greer argues that Seeger's central contribution to the field of music was his aesthetic philosophy, which can be described as a marriage of conflicting temperaments: an artistic instinct mediated by a rational intellect."--Jacket
Sightsinging complete by Bruce Benward( )

1 edition published in 2015 and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tonal process in the songs of Gabriel Fauré : two structural features of the whole-tone scale by Taylor Aitken Greer( )

5 editions published between 1986 and 1990 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Philosophical counterpoint : a comparison of Charles Seeger's composition Treatise and Ruth Crawford Seeger's Folk song appendix by Taylor Aitken Greer( )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Maurice Ravel's affinity for Stéphane Mallarmé : symbolism and préciosité in Trois poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé by Christopher C Madden( )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The dynamics of dissonance in Seeger's treatise and Crawford's quartet by Taylor Aitken Greer( )

1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Psychological Reprieve in the Symphonies of Ralph Vaughan Williams by Jonathan Churchill( )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The Vaughan Williams compositions that stand to yield the most to new analyses are those expressively adventurous works written during trying periods in the composer's life, especially the WWI years (Symphony No. 3) and those right before his death in 1958 (Symphony No. 9). Both pieces continually reference their morbid source material, WWI and Tess of the d'Urbervilles, respectively. Although the music is frequently explained in terms of these sources, no examination begins with the composer and what internal processes may have influenced the composition of these works. Seeking to fill this considerable gap in Vaughan Williams scholarship, my thesis explores how Vaughan Williams engages with the idea of psychological reprieve in the Pastoral Symphony (No. 3) and Symphony No. 9. In The Pastoral, I will show that Vaughan Williams removes himself from the war in which the work first germinated by including elements of a locus amoenus to provide distance and refuge from his traumatic memories of the trenches. In Symphony No. 9, I will identify various manifestations of the Freudian uncanny, the sensation that occurs when a once-suppressed idea re-emerges, in effect a failure to achieve full removal. This concept is particularly suitable for exploring R.V.W.'s ninth effort, since this work, based on Hardy's Tess, brought the composer into contact with several elements that resurrected his primal fear of death. Though he, like all other humans, suppressed such eschatological fears, they appear to have come roaring back as he delved into Tess to compose his final symphony. This work will feature an introduction, two central segments, and a conclusion. In the introduction, I will frame the compositions as outgrowths of their musical and socio-political environments. With the broader context established, I will investigate personal issues in the composer's life during the time of the Third and Ninth Symphonies. By examining these difficulties, I will be able to define how he would have imagined removal and why he needed it. Following the introduction, I will examine the Pastoral Symphony, first conceived in the trenches of WWI. Through a semiotic analysis of rotational circularity, harmonic stasis, and references to prelapsarian locales in the first three movements, I will show that Vaughan Williams created and populated a locus amoenus to remove himself from the war by providing an alternate place of pleasance. Proceeding to the fourth movement, I will show that, through an introduction-coda frame, Vaughan Williams redefines the purpose of the locus, using it instead to sequester semiotic references to his war. In effect, he creates an Ovidian locus terribilis and finds removal outside its boundaries. Section two examines Symphony No. 9 and the means by which Vaughan Williams articulates the Freudian Unheimliche (uncanny), the feeling of terror when a stimulus reawakens a primal, repressed fear, in this case, death. The musical uncanny will be explored by evaluating common elements in musical segments depicting Stonehenge, the "ghost drummer of Salisbury Plain," and the bells that signals Tess' execution, all experiences that would trigger uncanny sensations, some of which directly connect to the composer's life. R.V.W. wrote of an uncanny sensation when he first saw Stonehenge, and later lived near the monument on Salisbury Plain (he was billeted there during WWI). He also includes references to the South Tidworth poltergeist, or the "ghost drummer of Salisbury Plain," a legend with which he would have been familiar, and replicates Clare and Liza Lu's interaction with the chimes that signaled Tess's execution. By telling the Tess story, we soon discover that the aging composer composed a largely autobiographical work, one that struggles to provide the same reprieve he created in the Pastoral. This research demonstrates that Vaughan Williams musically articulates his attempts at psychological refuge, whether they are successful or unfruitful. This study is one of the first works to examine the works of Ralph Vaughan Williams through semiotic and psychoanalytic lenses, and thereby hopes to begin a trend of critical theoretical approaches to R.V.W.'s compositions
Enriching the aural skills classroom with the inclusion of popular music traditions by Alison Marie Geesey( )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Neuro-linguistic programming and aural skills pedagogy : a paradigm shift from teaching to learning by Katharine Jane Wohlman( )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Improvisation : practices and theories by Douglas Paul Fisk( )

1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Claude Debussy's unity of compositional aesthetic through the lens of the orchestral triptych, Nocturnes by Annabel K Truesdell( )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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A question of balance : Charles Seeger's philosophy of music
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Aitken Greer, Taylor 1955-

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