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A Thousand Plateaux



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Lee, Jae-Moon 


Summary of Composition Portfolio

Tangram for piano The puzzle known as tangram was the inspiration behind this composition. Just as the seven pieces of the tangram create shapes, seven contrasting musical fragments appear as thematic materials from which to draw sonic imagery.

Sapphic Fragments for two sopranos This composition was constructed from “broken” materials - an analogy for Sappho's dismembered poem. These broken materials were arranged in a pointillistic manner. I drew inspiration from M.C. Escher's works to vary thematic fragments of this work.

M.O.N.T.A.G.E. for flute, clarinet, violin and cello This work was influenced by the video work, Wantee, by artist, Laure Prouvost. The title, M.O.N.T.A.G.E., is an acrostic, using words that show intimate relations with my composition: Multicolour, Oscillation, Numbers, Television, the Artist, Gleam, Etc..

Once Emerged from the Grey of Night for flute, clarinet, horn, violin, viola and cello This sextet consists of numerous fragments with various colours and textures, forming a musical collage. A picture-poem by Paul Klee offered the starting point for this work.

Scale-Free Spaces for flute, guitar, viola and cello I drew compositional ideas from the video installation, Irreversible, by artist Norimichi Hirakawa. This quartet was composed of brief fragments of dots, lines and movements. Various fragments were structured in forms of both simplicity and complexity. For the latter, ideas were drawn from the study in randomness, ‘Scale-Free Network’.

String Quartet no. 3 This composition consists of four movements. In the first and third movements, the sound of rain drops and images of light through stained glass are explored. The second and fourth movements effect a structural metamorphoses of musical elements. I drew inspiration from Kafka's novella The Metamorphosis.

A Thousand Plateaux for orchestra In this orchestral work, a variety of images of both plateaux and movements were invoked. The work was inspired by both the book, A Thousand Plateaux by Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, and the Alhambra palace in Granada, Spain.


The thesis, A Thousand Plateaux, is a commentary on Scores submitted for the degree of PhD in Music (Composition Research).




Causton, Richard


composition commentary, contemporary music composition, music analysis, tangram, sapphic fragments, montage, once emerged from the grey of night, scale-free networks, string quartet, a thousand plateaux, Laure Prouvost, Paul Klee, Gilles Deleuze


Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Awarding Institution

University of Cambridge
Scholarship by the Sir Richard Stapley Trust, London Graduate Research Grant by the Faculty of Music, Cambridge University - William Barclay Squire Fund Academic Expenses by the Robinson College, Cambridge University
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