In the time of Bergson: the influence of the philosophical thoughts of Henri Bergson on the writings and music of Dane Rudhyar Public Deposited

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  • Pelletier, Vanessa Sylvie Amelie
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Music
  • This thesis examines the influence of Bergsonian philosophy in the music and musical aesthetics of Dane Rudhyar. While most studies dealing with the music of Rudhyar acknowledge his early interest in the philosophies of Bergson (1859-1941), the extent of their influence on his musical writings and musical style have been largely underrated. Although Rudhyar became highly involved with esoteric thought shortly after his arrival in America in 1916, Bergsonian concepts continued to permeate Rudhyar's aesthetic writings on the mystical power of the arts throughout his life. Concepts discussed in Bergson's book volution cratrice (Creative Evolution; 1907), can be seen at work in Rudhyar's music. When analyzed using the Bergsonian concepts of duration, lan vital, Becoming, and Creative Evolution, Rudhyar's music begins to yield interesting and fascinating results, and particular aspects of his musical style come to the forefront. In addition, a certain metaphysical meaning begins to emerge.
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  • "... in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts in the Department of Music."
  • Neff, Severine
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