Devising music

Efthymiou, Litha (2017) Devising music. [Project]

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The work that forms the body of this research includes:

• 'Myisi' for flute, electronics and dance (2015)
• 'Rituals to Mould Her With' for harpsichord, electronics and dance (2017)
• Devising an Opera: Myisi (2017)

This body of work examines the impact of devised theatre practices on two multimedia works: 'Rituals to Mould Her With' and 'Myisi'. The practice-based research uncovered the various ways in which collaboration with an interdisciplinary team of artists, historians and musicologists, within the context of a devised process, impacted the music’s structure, harmonic backbone and use of extended techniques. The accompanying article charts the four main devising phases of one the works, Myisi, and evaluates the collaborative working model at each stage of development.

Research Outputs:

Efthymiou, Litha, ‘Devising an Opera: Myisi’, Contemporary Music Review, vol. 35, no. 6 (2017).


'Rituals to Mould Her With':
• Performed by Jane Chapman and Harriet Parker-Beldeau at Royal West of England Academy in Bristol, 2016; London’s Kings Place, 2017; Handel and Hendrix in London, 2017; and Southamton’s Turner Sims, 2016.

• Performed by Felicity Latham and Harriet Parker-Beldeau at the Tete a Tete Opera Festival in London, 2015; and Victoria Rooms, Bristol, 2015.

Quality Indicators:

Connected research project: ERC funded ‘Old Hispanic Office’ project at the University of Bristol (2013-2017)

• Brigstow Institute (2016) £3479.25 (for the development of 'Rituals to Mould Her With')
• University of Bristol Impact Award (2016) £1993 (for the development and performance of 'Rituals to Mould Her With')
• Hinrichsen Foundation (2016) £1500 (for the performance of Rituals to Mould Her With)
• RVW Trust (2016) £500 (for the performance of 'Rituals to Mould Her With')
• Turner Sims Southampton (2017) £990 (for performance of 'Rituals to Mould Her With')
• Handel and Hendrix in London (2017) £250 (for the performance of 'Rituals to Mould Her With')
• Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (2017) £120 (for associated lecture performance of 'Rituals to Mould Her With')

Keywords:Contemporary music, multidisciplinary
Subjects:W Creative Arts and Design > W300 Music
Divisions:College of Arts > School of Fine & Performing Arts > School of Fine & Performing Arts (Performing Arts)
Relation typeTarget identifier
ID Code:30044
Deposited On:15 Dec 2017 14:50

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