|Costa Rican Composer Benjamín Gutiérrez and his Piano Works
||The purpose of this study is to research the life and work of Costa Rican composer Benjamín Gutiérrez (b.1937), with particular emphasis on his solo piano works. Although comprised of a small number of pieces, his piano output is an excellent represe...
|1959 Jazz: A Historical Study and Analysis of Jazz and Its Artists and Recordings in 1959
||Towards the end of the 1950s, about halfway through its nearly 100-year history, jazz evolution and innovation increased at a faster pace than ever before. By 1959, it was evident that two major innovative styles and many sub-styles of the major prev...
|Beyond third stream: Henry Martin's Preludes and Fugues for solo piano
||Composed over a ten-year period from 1990 to 2000 and lasting just over two hours, the jazz-tinged Preludes and Fugues of Henry Martin (b. 1950) constitute a significant contribution to the contemporary piano repertoire. Composer, theorist, and piani...
||In much of the indeterminate music composed in the 1950s and 60s, the roles of the composer and performer are blurred, the performer having been
given control over musical elements previously dictated solely by the composer. Often, decisions must be...
|Pianist and composer Robert Casadesus: Huit Études, Opus 28 and Toccata, Opus 40
||Robert Casadesus (1899-1972) was a world-renowned French concert pianist. His brilliant, fifty-year career took him to all corners of the world. Much has been written about his life and his enormous contribution, as a pianist and pedagogue, to the pi...
|The violin works of Joaquin Nin: a catalogue and violinistic perspective
||The amount of works for violin by Spanish composers is vast, varied and unfortunately, largely a mystery. There are many pieces that should be part of the standard violin repertoire, but are not simply because of lack of exposure and lack of knowledg...
|Nikolai Kapustin’s Ten bagatelles, op. 59
||Russian composer Nikolai Kapustin (b. 1937) has written a considerable body of repertoire for solo piano, but he was largely unknown and much of his music was inaccessible in the West until the early 2000s. His Ten Bagatelles, Op. 59 (1991) are virtu...
|The 1927 Longwood Sketches of Firmin Swinnen: Replica of a Scenic Film Score
||In his Longwood Sketches: Suite for Organ in Four Parts (Theodore Presser, 1927), Belgian-American organist Firmin Swinnen provides the vicarious traveler with an aural travelogue of gunpowder magnate Pierre S. du Pont's Longwood Gardens outside Kenn...
|Ernst von Dohnányi’s Winterreigen, Op. 13
||This document examines Ernst von Dohnányi's Winterreigen suite, Op. 13, a set of ten short character pieces for solo piano, composed in 1905. Dohnányi's musical and compositional background is considered, along with the immediate historical context o...