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Three of my original compositions are inspected through the lens of my experiences and observations while growing up in South African society as well as my transition from classical music to exploring other genres, thereby forming a new artistic identity. The impact of observing specific social issues, such as gender-based violence, poverty, and inequality on my compositional process gave rise to a characteristic duality within and between all my compositions. All the musical elements associated with this duality are pointed out and discussed. My most important findings and creative attempts in the recording studio are also discussed to demonstrate my growth as a music producer, especially my experimentation to try find my own recorded piano sound that I prefer for solo piano. Furthermore, I also demonstrate how I make use of cinematographic storytelling to further enhance one of my solo piano compositions where words play no part in conveying what the music is trying to say.
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Fick, Cornelis. “Duality: A Self-reflection of the Influence of Societal Issues in South Africa on my Original Compositions.” Master's thesis, Berklee College of Music, 2022. https://remix.berklee.edu/graduate-studies-contemporary-performance/224.