Brass Multiphonics in the works of William Kraft and Øystein Baadsvik and Expanding the Possibilities of Solo Brass Repertoire
Level of Education of Students Involved
Dr. Katharina Uhde
Arts and Sciences
Brass multiphonics refers to the technique by which musicians can produce two or more pitches simultaneously by buzzing and singing into their instrument at the same time. While some composers have taken advantage of the harmonious sonorities that can be created through this technique by writing in a consonant and tonal style, others have taken advantage of the motor-like timbre of the technique and leaned into the harsh dissonances it can create. This paper will investigate two pieces which utilize multiphonics: William Kraft's Encounters II (1966) and Øystein Baadsvik's Fnugg (2014). It will contextualize the composers' decisions in respect to the treatment of the two independent voices and how they expand the compositional palette that exists for the composition of new solo brass repertoire.
Lindemer, Adam, "Brass Multiphonics in the works of William Kraft and Øystein Baadsvik and Expanding the Possibilities of Solo Brass Repertoire" (2023). Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE). 1144.