Amanda Cook

Date of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Type



College of Creative Arts


School of Music

Committee Chair

Andrew Kohn

Committee Co-Chair

Cynthia Anderson

Committee Member

Nina Assimakopoulos

Committee Member

Yoav Kaddar

Committee Member

Mikylah McTeer


Using reception history as a historiographical lens, this study traces the development and maturation of critical language used to describe selected flute works from 1971 to present that include extended playing techniques in addition to theatrical elements specified by the composer. Only English-language documentation is examined, and the majority of these items are reviews. The works used as case studies are George Crumb's Vox Balaenae (1971), Toru Takemitsu's Voice (1971), Karlheinz Stockhausen's Flautina (1989), and Marcos Balter's Descent from Parnassus (2012).;The purpose of this study is two-fold: 1) Define the role of temporality in relation to the developmental arc of critical language used to describe contemporary classical flute works, and 2) examine the evolution of interactions between composers, performers, and audiences---especially music critics---as it relates to the performance aesthetic of contemporary music and the communication of this repertoire through both performance and language.;The results of this study suggest that composers, performers, and audiences alike have all generally become more comfortable with the discussion of contemporary flute works over the past several decades rather than this familiarity specifically corresponding to the amount of time that a work has existed. This study also reveals an emergence of a common language used to identify and discuss extended techniques as well as the formation of a canon of what are considered to be standard extended techniques.