Presentation Title

Emulating Bach: The Balance Between Stylistic Imitation And Artistic Expression

Presenter Information

Scott Demeo

Mentor

Heather Gilligan

Location

L. P. Young Student Center - Mabel Brown Room

Abstract

Igor Stravinsky allegedly said that “good composers borrow and great composers steal.” This presentation will explore the dynamic between imitation and personal expression through the lens of KSC composer Scott DeMeo’s new composition for solo piano, “Modern Suite,” modeled on the concept of the traditional dance suites that were epitomized by Bach in his musical suites. The presentation will address similarities and differences between Bach’s suites and Scott DeMeo’s compositional style in “Modern Suite.” It will expose how one composer can pick and choose elements from another style to match his own aesthetic without lifting phrases directly from the music. “Modern Suite” shares commonality in form and rhythmic treatment with Bach’s European suites, but it does so while juxtaposing these features against a modern harmonic language. The audience will be asked to voice their questions.

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Apr 11th, 10:20 AM Apr 11th, 11:20 AM

Emulating Bach: The Balance Between Stylistic Imitation And Artistic Expression

L. P. Young Student Center - Mabel Brown Room

Igor Stravinsky allegedly said that “good composers borrow and great composers steal.” This presentation will explore the dynamic between imitation and personal expression through the lens of KSC composer Scott DeMeo’s new composition for solo piano, “Modern Suite,” modeled on the concept of the traditional dance suites that were epitomized by Bach in his musical suites. The presentation will address similarities and differences between Bach’s suites and Scott DeMeo’s compositional style in “Modern Suite.” It will expose how one composer can pick and choose elements from another style to match his own aesthetic without lifting phrases directly from the music. “Modern Suite” shares commonality in form and rhythmic treatment with Bach’s European suites, but it does so while juxtaposing these features against a modern harmonic language. The audience will be asked to voice their questions.