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An Amalgam of Chilean Folk and Art Music: 12 Tonadas de carácter popular chileno by Pedro Humberto Allende 2008 7311 Pedro Humberto Allende (1885-1959), a pioneer in the development of contemporary music in Chile, was one of the most significant Chilean composers and a distinguished pedagogue, folklorist, and ethnomusicologist during the first half of the twentieth...
A synthesis of modern and Brazilian elements: an investigation of Variantes e Toccata Opus 15a by Marlos Nobre 2009 5616 Marlos Nobre (b. 1939), one of the most important composers of contemporary music in Brazil, always fought against labels to define his aesthetic orientation. While resisting the idea of being considered a nationalist composer, Nobre admitted that a ...
A brief analysis of Martin Amlin's keyboard works: a personal case study in informing performance 2009 2454 Composer and pianist Martin Amlin has received numerous awards and grants for his varied compositions. He has written works for solo piano, piano duet, organ, chamber music, orchestra, solo instrument, voice, and chorus. With such a litany of works, ...
The Lister-Sink method: a holistic approach to injury-preventive piano technique 2009 17645 Despite an increasing awareness among pianists, the problem of playing-related injuries has remained common. In spite of the abundance of seminars and workshops on healthful piano technique, very few methods or systems of teaching injury-preventive t...
Forging a performance practice for Debussy’s Douze Études: a historical and analytical approach 2017 6065 This document integrates discussions of historical and analytical findings to support a performance practice surrounding Debussy’s Douze Études (1915). Historical observations are used to build comparative relationships between the compositional tech...
Practical and pedagogical intentions: new perspectives on the organ masses from the Tablature of Johannes of Lublin 2019 218 The Tablature of Johannes of Lublin (1537-1548), originating from Krasnik, Poland, is the largest sixteenth-century organ tablature. Its liturgical and secular repertoire is a key to understanding the development of European keyboard music, which beg...
Exploring America’s musical identity: a comparison study of Indianist piano pieces by Amy Beach and Arthur Farwell 2020 1004 This document compares the purposes and philosophies that guided the composition of Indianist pieces by Amy Beach and Arthur Farwell. By relating Beach’s and Farwell’s output to movements of the early twentieth century, including antimodernism and Am...
Organ influences on selected French piano works from the 1880s to the 1920s 2021 179 This document examines the influence of the organ on French keyboard compositions of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Three composers, César Franck (1822–1890), Charles-Marie Widor (1844–1937), and Marcel Dupré (1886–1971), will ser...
Isang Yun's musical bilingualism: serial technique and Korean elements in Fünf Stücke für Klavier (1958) and his later piano works 2012 11943 Isang Yun (1917-1995) was a Korean composer residing in Germany after 1957. Reflecting his musical training in both the East and West, Yun's music integrates serial techniques with elements of Korean traditional music. Yun's piano music merits attent...
Cross-cultural synthesis in Chen Qigang's piano composition Instants d'un opéra de pékin 2012 5626 The Chinese-born French composer Chen Qigang's solo piano composition Instants d'un Opéra de Pékin (Moments from a Peking Opera) demonstrates the fruitful interaction of traditional Chinese musical practices with modern Western compo...
The development and application of keyboard fingering principles in the music of J. S. Bach and C. P. E. Bach: an analysis in comparison with modern approaches to fingering, and the utilization of the J. C. Bach-Ricci Method for nurturing a versatile technique in the early stages of study 2014 7447 This study seeks to deduce principles of fingering practiced by keyboardists in eighteenth-century Germany as developed from, and as an improvement upon, earlier practices, to assess the benefits of these principles in comparison with representative ...
Chinese and Western elements in contemporary Chinese composer Zhou Long’s works for solo piano Mongolian Folk-Tune Variations, Wu Kui, and Pianogongs 2014 8064 Zhou Long is a Chinese American composer who strives to combine traditional Chinese musical techniques with modern Western compositional ideas. His three piano pieces, "Mongolian Folk-Tune Variations", "Wu Kui", and "Pianogongs" each display his synt...
Insightful imitation : Chopin’s Impromptu in C-sharp Minor as a pastiche of Moscheles 2022 664 This document proposes that Fryderyk Chopin’s Impromptu in C-sharp minor, Op. 66 is not an entirely original work, but rather a pastiche in which all of the musical material is derived from three works by other composers: the Impromptu, Op. 89 and So...
Assai: historical contexts of a contested musical term 2017 1058 This study seeks to establish the feasibility of assai as a moderating term in more cases than is typically assumed. Since evidence of concurrent competing definitions for the term assai exists from the mid- to late-18th century, understanding and pu...
Virtuosity and innovation : the grotesque aesthetic in the piano music of C.-V. Alkan 2021 914 Charles-Valentin Alkan (1813-1888) wrote some of the most individual and eccentric piano music of the nineteenth century. His scores, which often reach titanic lengths and levels of difficulty, have left critics and audiences somewhat bewildered to t...
Narratives of political struggle in Frederic Rzewski’s Four Pieces 2022 138 This dissertation reads a narrative of political struggle in Frederic Rzewski’s 1976 composition Four Pieces for solo piano. As with many of Rzewski’s other politically themed works, Four Pieces is rich with allusions to folk song and political strug...