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Title: On The Influence Of 'place' In The Compositional Process Degree:M.M. 
Author: Sato, Yoko
Date: 2005-05
Abstract: I believe that the cultural origins of composers are unconsciously reflected in the compositional process. In this paper, the term "place" is used to mean a new environment, and that "place" can cause composers to view their origins from different perspectives. When one goes to a new place and experiences new influences, at some point one starts reflecting upon one's original cultural background. This marks the starting point of the reflective level. As one continues to become aware of and reflect on his/her cultural background, one moves to a deeper level of understanding which I call the "individual level." This stage is characterized by the assimilation of both native and foreign elements seamlessly into the composer's style. I will discuss how being in a different place can play the role of a mirror to more clearly reflect composers' origins and encourage them to rediscover their own cultural backgrounds through new perspectives. In addition, I will explain how the current work, Towards Light, was influenced by my experience of living in a different culture. Chapter one discusses two different levels of reaction to place. To explain these reactions, I will discuss three composers: Aaron Copland, Isang Yun and Steve Reich. Chapter two describes how my compositional process has changed over the past two years since 2003. Chapter three examines the structure of Towards Light and how its central idea is derived from Japanese traditional music. In chapter four, I discuss how I have come to approach Japanese traditional music in a different way as a result of the influence of place.
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