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The Nocturnes of Chopin

The Nocturnes of Chopin

Date: June 1957
Creator: Alexander, Monte Hill Davis
Description: John Field (1782-1837), an Irishman, was the first composer to use the French term "nocturne," and was the inventor of the nocturne for piano. It can be seen with a glance at the scores that the orchestral notturni by the eighteenth century composers were very different than what is generally thought of today as a nocturne. Field introduced the idea of the nocturne that has remained much the same since. Frederic Chopin enlarged and improved the genre invented by Field, but it was Field's originality that brought this type of piece to piano literature. Indeed, John Field is hardly remembered today except as the inventor of the nocturne for the piano and for his influence on Chopin's Nocturnes. For that alone musicians will remain indebted to him.
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A Comparative Study of Three Sonatas for Solo Brass Instruments and Piano by Paul Hindemith

A Comparative Study of Three Sonatas for Solo Brass Instruments and Piano by Paul Hindemith

Date: June 1957
Creator: Alley, Edward Lee
Description: In the years during the writing of The Craft of Musical Composition, and for the next few years afterwards, Hindemith was engaged in writing a solo sonata for each of the instruments of the orchestra. Muser states that this series of sonatas continues a definite policy of providing music for people who want to play music, and not merely to listen to it. The three sonatas for solo brass instruments and piano were written during this period. The sonatas, written for trumpet, horn, and trombone, were written in the following order: Sonata for Trumpet and Piano—1939; Sonata for Horn and Piano—1939; Sonata for Trombone and Piano—1941. These sonatas, being written rather closely together, should have certain stylistic characteristics in common, and there should also be certain features peculiar to each sonata. To study these sonatas and compare them with each other structurally and stylistically is the purpose of this work.
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A Study of Rhythm in Bach's Orgelbüchlein

A Study of Rhythm in Bach's Orgelbüchlein

Date: 1952
Creator: Austin, Larry
Description: The present study is limited to Bach's Orgelbüchlein. The OB has been chosen because it represents a "closed" group of works which are in the same general style.
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The French Ballet De Cour and Its Predecessors, 1400-1650

The French Ballet De Cour and Its Predecessors, 1400-1650

Date: January 1952
Creator: Bice, John Arch
Description: A study of the historical development of the origins of ballet in Italy and France during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Specifically focuses on the ballet-comique de la reine and the ballet de cour.
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A Transcription into Modern Notation of a Chansonnier (Fonds Francais 2245) of the Duke of Orleans, with Commentary and Concordance

A Transcription into Modern Notation of a Chansonnier (Fonds Francais 2245) of the Duke of Orleans, with Commentary and Concordance

Date: August 1955
Creator: Birmingham, Hugh Myers, 1929-
Description: Fonds Français 2245 is a fifteenth-century chansonnier of the Duke of Orleans which is property of the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, France. This thesis describes the document and provides commentary and transcriptions.
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A Style Analysis of Three Representative Piano Sonatas of Alexander Scriabin

A Style Analysis of Three Representative Piano Sonatas of Alexander Scriabin

Date: January 1955
Creator: Bolster, Mary Anne
Description: Analysis of Sonatas no. 1, 4, and 10
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The Influence of Motion Picture Techniques on the Status and Character of Music Designed to Accompany Dramatic Forms

The Influence of Motion Picture Techniques on the Status and Character of Music Designed to Accompany Dramatic Forms

Date: August 1950
Creator: Brown, Caroline, 1925-
Description: Our modern motion picture composers are limited by the necessity of fitting musical impulses to action. The timing is a matter of split-second synchronization. The writers have no classical form to follow as each script requires highly individualistic treatment, highly restricted time elements, and highly technical instrumentation. Therefore, every composition is a challenge. The challenge includes not only the time element but a demand for a greater amount of originality in musical line and mood setting.
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John Playford and His Introduction to the Skill of Musick

John Playford and His Introduction to the Skill of Musick

Date: 1958
Creator: Carapetyan, Leon F.
Description: To provide a background for this study, an attempt has been made to correlate the facts known about Playford's life and work. The examination of the treatise has two main objectives: 1. to give an exposition of the material presented by Playford (which includes not only theory of music with examples, but also instructions on singing and on playing the viol and the violin, as well as a number of musical compositions); and 2. wherever possible, to discover the sources used by Playford in writing the treatise.
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Italian Influences in the Corellisirende Sonaten of Telemann

Italian Influences in the Corellisirende Sonaten of Telemann

Date: May 1995
Creator: Chang, Young-Shim
Description: George Philipp Telemann is often thought of an experimenter with many nationalistic styles during the course of his career. His Corellian Sonatas demonstrate this facet of his work in their employment of Corelli's manner, and the cultivation of the Italian style. Telemann's Corellian sonatas are stylistically close to those of Corelli, and they do not appear to vary widely from the church and chamber sonatas of Corelli; Telemann fused the two sonata types in that dance elements are found in the church sonatas and the abstract elements of the church sonatas are inserted into the chamber sonatas. In addition to the amalgamation of internal elements, Telemann also experimented with the external features, such as the alternation of tempo and the four movement stereotype.
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The Development of an Objective Approach to the Measurement and Improvement of Aural Discrimination in Music

The Development of an Objective Approach to the Measurement and Improvement of Aural Discrimination in Music

Date: June 1951
Creator: Commander, Margie M. (Margie Marie)
Description: The purpose of this experiment is therefore (1) to design a test to measure the skill of a heterogeneous group of college music students and (2) to administer and evaluate an aural training program which could be used to develop efficiently aural intelligence. The students used in this experiment were intentionally chosen with varying abilities in order to permit comparisons. A careful record was kept of their ages, musical experiences, major instruments (voice, piano, violin, and other orchestral instruments), amount of training, skill and technique, and theory grades.
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