Beethoven's D Major Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op. 102 No. 2: an annotated performer's edition based on the suggestions of Bernard Greenhouse

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Grace Shih-Huei Lin Anderson (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Kelly Burke

Abstract: Honorary Doctor of Music Bernard Greenhouse has earned a worldwide reputation as one of the leading cellists of our generation. As the founding cellist of the Beaux Arts Trio, he has garnered international acclaim for his supreme artistry; and as a teacher, he has exerted major influence on many of today's cellists. This dissertation documents Greenhouse's approach to music making in the context of his interpretation of Beethoven's Sonata in D major for Cello and Piano, Op. 102 No. 2. In a series of interviews by the undersigned, Greenhouse demonstrates ways to seize the sonata's dramatic impulses. He refers to his own studies with Pablo Casals when discussing his approach to interpretation. Among his many suggestions, he emphasizes the performer's role in "turning music into speech that can be understood." To this end, he provides techniques for clear enunciation and for creating dynamic inflections and rhythmic momentum in the music. This dissertation begins by surveying Greenhouse's contribution to cello playing and existing literature related to Beethoven's D-major sonata and Greenhouse. Then it documents Greenhouse's suggestions for the sonata in the form of commentaries and measure-by-measure annotations in a performer's edition of the score. More than a set of specific instructions for how to perform Beethoven's sonata, this dissertation seeks to describe an approach to string playing that can apply in a wide variety of musical contexts.

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Language: English
Date: 2009
Beethoven, Bernard Greenhouse, Cello, D major, Edition, Sonata
Greenhouse, Bernard, $d 1916-
Beethoven, Ludwig van, $d 1770-1827. t Sonatas, m violoncello, piano, n no. 5, op. 102, no. 2, o arr
Violoncello music $x Interpretation (Phrasing, dynamics, etc.)
Beethoven, Ludwig van, $d 1770-1827 $x Criticism and interpretation.
Violoncello music $x Analysis, appreciation.

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