A brief analysis of Martin Amlin's keyboard works: a personal case study in informing performance

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Richard A. Hendricks (Creator)
Institution
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Advisor
Andrew Willis

Abstract: 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, Amlin is still considered a relative newcomer to the world of classical music composers. Amlin's keyboard compositional style can be characterized through the use of major and minor sevenths, multifaceted time signatures, vibrant harmonic structures, creative uses of traditional musical forms, such as variation and sonata form, serial technique, rhythmic complexities, and the use of extreme range. Even though his output of keyboard literature is not expansive, a cohesive keyboard compositional style has emerged. It is the purpose of this document to examine, through a brief analysis, the compositional style of Martin Amlin as manifested through his keyboard works to enhance an informed performance. Consequently it is also the aspiration of this document to spark greater interest in his keyboard works and inspire others to explore further what Amlin has to offer to the pianist and the listener.

Additional Information

Publication
Dissertation
Language: English
Date: 2009
Keywords
Martin Amlin, Pianist, Keyboard compositional style
Subjects
Keyboard instrument music $x Analysis, appreciation.
Martin Amlin.