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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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Piano Sonatas Six, Seven and Eight of Prokofiev

Piano Sonatas Six, Seven and Eight of Prokofiev

Date: January 1956
Creator: Allen, Daniel Joseph
Description: The Sixth, Seventh, and E Piano Sonatas of Prokofiev illustrate the composer's more mature style. In these works there is a definite return to the classic forms and contrapuntal devices which have been called Neo-classicism. Prokofiev, himself, has said that form is one of the basic elements of his style. It is the purpose of this thesis to discover the' formal organization and make a comparison of these sonatas with the works of Beethoven and his contemporaries.
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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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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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An Evaluation of Motion Picture Films for Use in Music Education

An Evaluation of Motion Picture Films for Use in Music Education

Date: June 1949
Creator: Bolin, Carl B.
Description: The purpose of this thesis is to present an evaluated list of motion picture films which are related to the field of music and the teaching of music in order that both teacher and student of music may become familiar with the films which are available for use in music education and with the relative merit of each film.
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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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A Capella Eletronnica

A Capella Eletronnica

Date: August 1995
Creator: Bonneau, Paul G. (Paul Gregory)
Description: The intent of A capella Eletronnica is to explore the possibility of the human voice as the most versatile of musical instruments. The voice, capable of melodic, harmonic, percussive and rhythmic effects, is also employed for spoken text and conversational elements as musical sources. My aim was to enlarge this array of vocal techniques with the use of electronic processing and amplification.
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A Stylistic and Structural Analysis of David Stanley Smith's Sonata in A, Opus 51

A Stylistic and Structural Analysis of David Stanley Smith's Sonata in A, Opus 51

Date: August 1944
Creator: Brackenridge, Margaret Elaine
Description: The purpose of the following study is to make an analysis of the structural elements and stylistic characteristics of the Sonata in A Minor for violin and piano by David Stanley Smith. This analysis will include the composer's treatment of form, harmony, melody and tonality, rhythm, intellectual and emotional content, and mediums of expression.
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A Critical Evaluation of Two-Piano Music Available in American Publication

A Critical Evaluation of Two-Piano Music Available in American Publication

Date: August 1945
Creator: Bridenthal, Dorothy
Description: Th study of two-piano music was prompted by an active interest in that field and a recognized need for a knowledge of its literature on the part of the writer, who, for the past five years, has devoted most of her time to two-piano work. After careful investigation it becomes apparent that no other study similar to this has yet been made, and it is hoped that it may be helpful to others with interests in common. Much remains to be done and further study would prove profitable. More information might be gained from interviews with prominent duo-pianists, as well as from examination of foreign catalogues and of recital programs given in Carnegie Hall, Town Hall, and similar music centers.
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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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The Tachistoscopic Approach to Remedial Problems in Reading Musical Notation

The Tachistoscopic Approach to Remedial Problems in Reading Musical Notation

Date: January 1951
Creator: Bullock, Marilyn Joy
Description: One of the difficulties most frequently encountered among music students is reading inadequacy. In this particular study we shall attempt to measure and increase the visual span of reading musical notation.
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The Construction and Orchestration of a Composition

The Construction and Orchestration of a Composition

Date: August 1946
Creator: Butler, Hugh Benjamin
Description: The problems arising in the conception, composing and perfecting of a composition may be divided into two types (1) Those connected with the composition itself; and (2) Those pertaining to the interpretation of the moods and thematic variations of the composition by the orchestra.
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Miles Davis: The Road to Modal Jazz

Miles Davis: The Road to Modal Jazz

Date: May 2007
Creator: Camacho Bernal, Leonardo
Description: The fact that Davis changed his mind radically several times throughout his life appeals to the curiosity. This thesis considers what could be one of the most important and definitive changes: the change from hard bop to modal jazz. This shift, although gradual, is best represented by and culminates in Kind of Blue, the first Davis album based on modal style, marking a clear break from hard bop. This thesis explores the motivations and reasons behind the change, and attempt to explain why it came about. The purpose of the study is to discover the reasons for the change itself as well as the reasons for the direction of the change: Why change and why modal music?
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Evolution, Symmetrization, and Synthesis : The Piano Sonatas of Alberto Ginastera

Evolution, Symmetrization, and Synthesis : The Piano Sonatas of Alberto Ginastera

Date: August 1991
Creator: Campbell, Grace M.
Description: When Alberto Ginastera's oeuvre is viewed as a whole, an essential continuity between compositional ideas often appears in different works. This is especially apparent in the three piano sonatas, where each sonata represents an evolution and a condensation of ideas occurring in the previous one. The evolution of ideas throughout the three sonatas takes place through two primary processes. The first is a shift in cultural focus from reliance on Ibero-American material in the first sonata (1952) to Amerindian in the second (1981), to a synthesis of the two cultural elements in the third (1982). The second means of evolution from sonata to sonata is through a process of symmetrization. Along with constructions using symmetrical scales, material in each of the three sonatas is subjected to various symmetrical procedures which correspond musically to basic geometric symmetry types or operations (bilateral, rotational, and translatory, for instance). The decreasing number of movements evidences a negative dilatation of material, moving from four movements in the first sonata to three in the second, to one in the third. In each case, corresponding material from the previous sonata is integrated into the following sonata. Both independently and as a group the three piano sonatas exhibit ...
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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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Stylistic Analysis of the Chopin E Minor Concerto

Stylistic Analysis of the Chopin E Minor Concerto

Date: August 1947
Creator: Carmignani, Anna Marie
Description: Both of the Chopin concertos are the earliest of his works to be found in the ordinary piano repertoire, and they possess the direct influences and inherited traits of the composer. Since he did no more orchestral work after completing these two works, it is evident that he thought only in terms of pianistic expression. Probably one of the reasons for Chopin's ineffectiveness as an orchestral writer is due to his inability to conform to the classical form: sonata allegro. The e minor concerto is representative of his treatment of the larger forms. Analyzing the elements of an early work of the composer reveals the degree of maturity in individual traits. Elements of basic chord structure and use of harmony, melodic characteristics, and pianistic expression mark the style of a composer. This concerto demonstrates the beginning of chromatic harmony in his time and in his own writing; it contains melodic beauty and pianistic features which make it acceptable in standard concerto repertoire in spite of its many defects.
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