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  • Main Title A Study of the Relationship Between Motive and Structure in Brahms's op. 51 String Quartets


  • Author: Yang, Benjamin H. (Benjamin Hoh)
    Creator Type: Personal


  • Chair: Cho, Gene J.
    Contributor Type: Personal
    Contributor Info: Major Professor
  • Committee Member: Dworak, Paul E., 1951-
    Contributor Type: Personal
    Contributor Info: Minor Professor
  • Committee Member: Brown, Newel K.
    Contributor Type: Personal
  • Committee Member: Kuiper, John B.
    Contributor Type: Personal


  • Name: University of North Texas
    Place of Publication: Denton, Texas


  • Creation: 1989-08


  • English


  • Content Description: In 1873, Brahms completed the two op. 51 quartets. These were not the first string quartets Brahms composed, hut they were the first that Brahms allowed to be published. He found the string quartet difficult; as he confided to his friend Alwin Cranz, he sketched out twenty string quartets before producing a pair he thought worthy of publishing. Questions arise: what aspect of the string quartet gave Brahms so much trouble, and what in the op. 51 quartets gave him the inclination to publish them for the first time in his career? The op. 51 quartets are essential to understanding the evolution of Brahms's compositional technique. Brahms had difficulty limiting his massive harmony and polyphony to four solo strings. This difficulty was compounded by his insistence on deriving even the accompaniment from the opening main motivic material. This study investigates the manner in which Brahms distributes the main motivic material to all four voices in these quartets, while at the same time highlighting each voice effectively in the dialogue.
  • Physical Description: iv, 254 leaves: music


  • Library of Congress Subject Headings: Brahms, Johannes, 1833-1897. -- Quartets, strings, op. 51.
  • Library of Congress Subject Headings: String quartets -- Analysis, appreciation.
  • Keyword: motive
  • Keyword: structure
  • Keyword: string quartet


  • Name: UNT Theses and Dissertations
    Code: UNTETD


  • Name: UNT Libraries
    Code: UNT


  • Rights Access: public
  • Rights Holder: Yang, Benjamin H. (Benjamin Hoh)
  • Rights License: copyright
  • Rights Statement: Copyright is held by the author, unless otherwise noted. All rights reserved.

Resource Type

  • Thesis or Dissertation


  • Text


  • Accession or Local Control No: 1002714159-Yang
  • Call Number: 379 N81d no.3073
  • UNT Catalog No.: b1451212
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc332309


  • Academic Department: School of Music
  • Degree Discipline: Music Theory
  • Degree Level: Doctoral
  • Degree Name: Doctor of Musical Arts
  • Degree Publication Type: disse
  • Degree Grantor: University of North Texas