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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 Stylistic Comparison of the Accompanied Violin Sonatas of Bach and Handel

A Stylistic Comparison of the Accompanied Violin Sonatas of Bach and Handel

Date: May 1944
Creator: Alexander, William Don, 1920-
Description: It is the purpose of this thesis to determine the comparative differences and similarities of the accompanied violin sonatas of the two contemporary eighteenth-century composers, Johann Sebastian Bach and George Frederick Handel.
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An Experimental Treatment of Inaccurate Singers in the Intermediate Grades

An Experimental Treatment of Inaccurate Singers in the Intermediate Grades

Date: August 1945
Creator: Allen, Sheila Emery
Description: A study of the causes and remedial treatment of inaccurate singing through experimentation and research was chosen by the writer as a practical problem urgently in need of solution.
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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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The Early Music Ensemble in 21st Century America

The Early Music Ensemble in 21st Century America

Date: December 2003
Creator: Assid, Tonya
Description: The early music ensemble has evolved from a counterculture to a mainstream musical genre. Because of this early music is having to learn arts management. Once a unique force it now competes with other arts organizations for funding and audience. Unlike other arts groups, early music has little help from within to clarify non-profit management. Through three types of surveys that were e-mailed to 239 early music organizations and 20 early music societies, an assessment of what is currently happening with early music ensembles in terms of growth, funding and over all well-being can be made. The information obtained revealed that most early music ensembles have little or no training in how to run an organization. This inexperience is creating problems and changing the face of early music. Information from the surveys also reveals that even with the economic problems over the last three years, early music is continuing to survive.
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Jonah's Prayer: a Composition for Solo Tenor, Mixed Chorus and Two Pianos

Jonah's Prayer: a Composition for Solo Tenor, Mixed Chorus and Two Pianos

Date: December 1998
Creator: Au, Siu-ming Stefan
Description: Jonah's Prayer is a choral work for solo tenor, a mixed choir of not fewer than 30 members, two pianos and a few percussion instruments to be played by choir members. The piece lasts about 13 minutes; it is a work intended for church choir use but could be performed in other venues as well.
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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 Organ Works of Jehan Alain

The Organ Works of Jehan Alain

Date: May 1952
Creator: Barron, Richard Errol
Description: This study looks at Jehan Alain's music itself. However, it does not propose to analyze every bar of every composition but rather to point out certain melodic, rhythmic, and harmonic traits that are peculiar to this composer's style. It will also set forth facts concerning Alain's registrations and other items of special interest to organists. Upon such investigation an attempt will be made to reach a critical evaluation of Alain as a composer for the organ.
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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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Harmony and Structure in Richard Strauss's Macbeth

Harmony and Structure in Richard Strauss's Macbeth

Date: August 1996
Creator: Bills, Danny C.
Description: This study begins with a discussion of step theory. Included in this discussion is the basis of chord succession, the idea of fundamental representation, and the uses of reinterpretation technique. These concepts are then used to demonstrate the continuity and logic of the harmonic language found in Strauss's Macbeth.
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