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


Faculty Sponsor

Dr. Katharina Uhde


Arts and Sciences



Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Symposium Date

Spring 4-27-2023


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.

Biographical Information about Author(s)

Adam Lindemer is an undergraduate student at Valparaiso University studying Music Education. In addition to singing, he plays tuba, trombone, and euphonium. Adam is passionate about the possibilities that multiphonics (singing while playing) brings to his artistry as a brass musician and therefore became interested in the historical context of the technique and what that means for the future of brass repertoire.

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