A Portfolio of Original Compositions Volume 1 of 2

Julie Quinlan

    Research output: Types of ThesisMaster's Thesis

    Abstract

    Since my undergraduate studies, where I majored in composition for my final degree, it was always my ambition to undertake further studies in the area of composition. Family and career became more important in the intervening years and my composing voice was very much a silent one. It was not forgotten however. The opportunity arose in September 2008 to commence studies for a Masters Degree in composition. Once the doubts were put to rest, the manuscript and pencil were put to work and the first sketches for Muse began to emerge. Now, as I come to the end of my Master Studies, I am happy I took the decision to begin composing again. It has been a journey of mixed emotions from start to finish, elation to frustration with many tears, smiles and hugs along the way. All of the emotions experienced have in some way contributed to my music, many of which gave me the drive to continue. I have particularly enjoyed working with all the musicians, both amateur and professional, for the performances of my music. At times I know I became very involved with rehearsing and conducting for the performances, which in itself became very time consuming. However, I would not change the time I spent with the musicians, as I believe working with them kept me grounded and focused. At the same time it made me believe I was a composer with a voice, whilst reaffirming to me that I want to remain being a composer into the future. The time spent with the musicians afforded me as a composer and conductor a very personal journey with every composition. I cannot thank all the performers enough for willingly giving their time to rehearse and perform my music. The highlights for me throughout this course of study would have to be both the premiere performance of Celebration Mass in 2011 and its subsequent live television broadcast on Radio Telifís Éireann in 2012. It was truly a wonderful experience both personally and professionally to have my music broadcast on RTE television. Working and liaising with RTE in the months leading up to the live broadcast was indeed an extremely busy time. It was a time I gained huge knowledge and experience that I hopefully will utilise into the future. There have been times I have asked myself 'why didn't I do this earlier when I was younger ?'.......I know my journey would have been different at a younger age, but as we know with age you gain a certain wisdom with life experiences. I believe my life experiences are reflected in the music presented in this portfolio, they are who I am now................Julie Quinlan, composer.
    Original languageEnglish
    Awarding Institution
    Supervisors/Advisors
    • Ingoldsby, Marian, Supervisor
    Publication statusUnpublished - 2014

    Keywords

    • Original music compositions

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