Octatonicism and the Carillon
Presenter: Tom Gurin
The octatonic scale holds a special place in the carillon repertoire. Many of my colleagues will be familiar with octatonicism by way of Henk Badings, Roy Hamlin Johnson, or John Courter, to name a few. Others may have no experience with it at all. This presentation provides a conceptual overview of octatonicism and its relationship to the carillon, but it doesn't stop there. It also synthesizes music history, theory, and cognition, as well as original analyses from both the carillon repertoire and the broader musical universe, to offer new insights that will be useful for carillon composers and performers alike.
Tom Gurin studied Music at Yale University, where he also chaired the Yale University Guild of Carillonneurs. Within the Music Department, he concentrated his studies on Theory and Composition. He graduated from the Royal Carillon School "Jef Denyn" with Great Distinction in 2019. He is a native of Philadelphia, and is currently based in the Raleigh-Durham area of North Carolina. He is an active carillon recitalist, composer, and arranger.
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