Structural articulation and processes of growth in the two unaccompanied viola da gamba sonatas, Op. 9 of Johann Schenk

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Clifton H. Karnes (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Eddie Bass

Abstract: It was the purpose of this study to provide a systematic stylistic analysis of the two unaccompanied viola da gamba sonatas, Op. 9 of Johann Schenck. An examination of the scant literature dealing with Schenck's works revealed that there were no systematic stylistic analyses of any of his music. The choice of a body of literature for study within Schenck's corpus was determined by several authorities' mention of the Op. 9 unaccompanied sonatas as especially interesting. The analytical system used was a modification of the method presented in Jan LaRue's, Guidelines for Style Analysis (New York: W. W. Norton, 1970). The sonatas were initially examined in terms of their position within the historical framework. The period in general, late Baroque practice in northern Europe, and specifics regarding medium, number of movements, and organization of the cycle were explored as a stylistic background for the works. These preliminary observations indicated that the works were at an early stage of the development of the sonata. The stylistic analysis of the individual movements of the sonatas was organized in terms of elements that contributed to the articulation of structure and the process of growth. Following the analysis of each sonata, observations concerning the cycle were presented.

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Language: English
Date: 1977
Viola da gamba music
Schenck, Johann, $d 1656?-ca. 1712 $x Criticism and interpretation

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