An Analysis of Joseph Schwantner's Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra

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This analysis of Schwantner's Concerto is focused primarily on the pitch organization within the work, using terminology and concepts borrowed from those designed by Allen Forte in The Structure of Atonal Music. Discussion of pitch sets, their use, their derivation, their intervallic content, and their evolution throughout the piece are discussed. Additional discussion regarding Schwantner's style, orchestration techniques, textural manipulation with regard to form, are also discussed. Sources consist of the orchestral score, the two - piano reduction, and the solo percussion score. This document is in six chapters. The first discusses Schwantner's life and general musical style. The second is a brief discussion of terms in the field of pitch set organization. The third, fourth, and fifth chapters discuss in detail the musical materials themselves in each respective movement. Finally, the sixth chapter is a summary of the findings from the analysis.

Creator(s): Hart, Shawn Michael
Creation Date: December 2008
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Publisher Name: University of North Texas
Place of Publication: Denton, Texas
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  • Creation: December 2008
  • Digitized: August 30, 2009
Description:

This analysis of Schwantner's Concerto is focused primarily on the pitch organization within the work, using terminology and concepts borrowed from those designed by Allen Forte in The Structure of Atonal Music. Discussion of pitch sets, their use, their derivation, their intervallic content, and their evolution throughout the piece are discussed. Additional discussion regarding Schwantner's style, orchestration techniques, textural manipulation with regard to form, are also discussed. Sources consist of the orchestral score, the two - piano reduction, and the solo percussion score. This document is in six chapters. The first discusses Schwantner's life and general musical style. The second is a brief discussion of terms in the field of pitch set organization. The third, fourth, and fifth chapters discuss in detail the musical materials themselves in each respective movement. Finally, the sixth chapter is a summary of the findings from the analysis.

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Level: Doctoral
Discipline: Performance
Department: College of Music
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Keyword(s): Schwantner | percussion | Concerto
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UNT Libraries
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  • OCLC: 464575040 |
  • CALL-NO: MT130.S35 H37 2008
  • UNTCAT: b3801261 |
  • ARK: ark:/67531/metadc9772
Resource Type: Thesis or Dissertation
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Holder: Hart, Shawn Michael
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