Eduard Toldrà: an exploration of language, text, and music in the Sis Sonets for violin and piano, accompanied by a transcription of the work for the viola.

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Eric E. Koontz (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Scott Rawls

Abstract: Eduard Toldrà, a violinist, composer, and orchestral director, wrote some of the most emblematic partitures to be created by any Catalan musician, yet the memory of his life and music is only recently regaining recognition. In this document, not only are his life and times explored, but the Catalan history leading up to that time is traced, making reference to his language and its impact on the art and political scene of the early twentieth century. Toldrà is revealed to have maintained a deep connection between his music and the Catalan language, as well as having musically expressed the values of the Noucentista aesthetic of post-Modernist Catalunya. The text of the Catalan sonnets used in Toldrà’s original composition, Sis Sonets for violin and piano, is corrected from its 1953 printing in Madrid well after the Spanish Civil War. A brief comparison of the 1953 edition is made with the original 1929 edition, printed in Barcelona (and no longer in print). A main objective of this document is to produce a transcription for the viola of the original work for violin, containing the inclusion of the corrected Catalan language text of the sonnets as well as the orthographically correct nuance markings within the score. The poetry serves as inspiration for the musical composition rather than as a structure tool, and a chapter of musical analysis of the work figures within the document. Several essential appendices are attached to the main document: an interview with the daughter of the composer, Mdm. Narcisa Toldrà; examples of the orthographic corrections made to the 1953 edition of the work; title pages from the original 1929 edition; and the corrected sonnets texts with English translations provided by the author of this document. In addition, a separate appendix with a discography of the composer is included, sufficing as evidence of his body of music and its performance popularity.

Additional Information

Language: English
Date: 2009
Catalan, Music, Sonets, Toldrà, Viola, Violin
Toldrà, Eduard $d 1895-1962. $x Songs and music.
Viola music $v Scores and parts.
Music $z Spain $z Catalonia $y 20th century $x History and criticism.
Violin music.
Piano music.

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