Behind The Masks-Performance DVD and Thesis of Masks, Op. 3 (1969) for solo flute and glass chimes 'ad lib' by Oliver Knussen
Lee, Hyunju Juno
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Masks, Op. 3 for solo flute and glass chimes 'ad lib.' was written by British composer Oliver Knussen in 1969. Masks confirms itself as the highest art form for the solo flute. Masks is a story about an individual going through different stages of emotions, and it describes each state of mind by layering innovative performance techniques such as grimaces and head jerks. The ideas about stage usage, physical gestures, and compositional settings merge delicately yet persuasively into this ten-minute monodrama. A discussion of Oliver Knussen’s biography, a thorough study of Masks’ manuscript, and analysis of the gestural structure and the compositional organization of the work examines the importance of Masks as a pivotal work for the development of flute literature. The author’s performance project, Chronicle I. Mask features Masks, Op. 3 as a center piece to celebrate its significance and share a compelling experience with the audience. Performance guidance addresses the practical considerations to achieve an ideal performance for Masks in five following aspects: stage preparation, sound, tempo, motions, and memorization. Also, works which have relevance to Masks in terms of physical and conceptual theatrical elements are briefly discussed in chronological order. This dissertation includes the DVD of the author’s live performance of Masks in Chronicle I. Mask.
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