Peter Lieberson's First Piano Concerto:    A Buddhist-inspired poetic vision realized through twelve-tone language, other contemporary compositional techniques, together with three recitals of works by Bach, Chopin, Mozart, Albéniz, Grieg, Ginastera and Paderecki

Peter Lieberson's First Piano Concerto: A Buddhist-inspired poetic vision realized through twelve-tone language, other contemporary compositional techniques, together with three recitals of works by Bach, Chopin, Mozart, Albéniz, Grieg, Ginastera and Paderecki

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Date: August 2002
Creator: Méndez-Flanigan, Maria Gisela
Description: The main objective of this document is to explore the life and spiritual convictions of composer Peter Lieberson, and the creation of his Piano Concerto. Lieberson is a sought after composer who has won many awards and commissions. His works have been premiered and performed by some of the best musical artists of the late twentieth- and early twenty-first-century, such as Peter Serkin, Emmanuel Ax, Yo-Yo Ma, and Pierre Boulez. This study is divided into six chapters. After the Introduction, a biographical summary of Peter Lieberson's life, his spiritual beliefs and compositional style is presented. Chapter II contains background information on the Piano Concerto, along with biographical sketches of Peter Serkin, for whom the work was written, and Seiji Ozawa, music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and conductor of both the premier performance and Serkin's recording of the piece. Chapter III is a selective survey of the compositional techniques used in Lieberson's Concerto, in terms of the application of twelve-tone theory and the resulting octatonic, pentatonic, and whole-tone scales. Chapter IV introduces a general overview of the influence of Buddhism as a source of inspiration in the Piano Concerto. Chapter V examines aspects of performance practice issues. Chapter VI ...
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Presencing Absence

Presencing Absence

Date: August 2003
Creator: McMullen, Tracy
Description: This thesis is a 'big-picture' look at the course of Western philosophy and its eventual arrival at ideas that look remarkably similar to the revelations of Guatama Buddha 2500 years ago. I look at the roots of how the West has understood itself and understood "being" through the centuries and at the revolutions in thought that took place in the 20th century. I look more closely at 20th century thinkers to demonstrate how their thinking begins to align with the ancient insights of Eastern philosophy, particularly the notions of a prevailing emptiness as "ground" of Being and of the fallacy of the individual subject. I also look at how some 20th century artists have engaged with these new ideas. I see generally two responses to the postmodern (post-subject) position: that of a play of surfaces, such as in the work of Andy Warhol and the philosophy of Jean Baudrillard; and that of an embracing of absence, presented in the philosophy of Martin Heidegger and the works of such artists as John Cage, George Brecht, Pauline Oliveros, Bill Wegman, David Hammons and others.
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[Honno-ji Temple]

[Honno-ji Temple]

Date: 1978
Creator: Gough, Ray
Description: Photograph of the Honno-ji Temple compound in Kyoto, Japan. A wall is visible in the foreground with a large entrance in the center. The roof over the entrance is decorated with a large purple banner. Trees and roofs are visible behind the wall.
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[Yakushiji Temple Model]

[Yakushiji Temple Model]

Date: 1978
Creator: Gough, Ray
Description: Photograph of a model of the Yakushiji Temple Complex in Nara, Japan. The model is visible from above in the foreground. A white and red wall is visible behind the model.
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[Small temple]

[Small temple]

Date: 1978
Creator: Gough, Ray
Description: Photograph of the top of a small temple in Kyoto, Japan. The roof line is visible in the foreground. The roof is decorated with wood carvings painted in contrasting colors.
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[Temple complex]

[Temple complex]

Date: unknown
Creator: Gough, Ray
Description: Photograph of the Honno-ji Temple complex in Kyoto, Japan. In the foreground, a concrete platform is visible with steps leading up. Wooden planks with writing on them are arranged in front of the platform.
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[White Horse Temple]

[White Horse Temple]

Date: unknown
Creator: Gough, Ray
Description: Photograph of the White Horse Temple in Luoyang, China. Trees and a patio are visible in the foreground. Two people sit at a table in front of a large building in the background.
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Ajanta, Cave 17 Painted Wall

Ajanta, Cave 17 Painted Wall

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Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: An elephant charges then kneels at feet of a Buddha figure as people watch.
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