An Analysis of the Genesis of Motive, Rhythm, and Pitch in the First Movement of the Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion by Béla Bartók. Page: I
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Ujj-Hilliard, Emoke, An analysis of the genesis of motive, rhythm, and pitch in the first
movement of the Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion by Bela Bart6k. Doctor of Musical Arts
(Performance), May 2004, 182 pp., 42 examples, references, 89 titles.
This dissertation presents evidence that Bela Bart6k created his masterwork, the Sonata
for Two Pianos and Percussion (1937), in a very complex period of his life. Since it was a
mature piece, Bart6k utilized typically "Bart6kian" compositional techniques and styles. His
ethnomusicological studies were also influential factors in the creation of the Sonata for Two
Pianos and Percussion.
We can be witness to how different the first draft was to the published version; the minor
and major changes are revealed in the draft study of the Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion 's
first movement. These changes allow today's musicians to reconstruct the compositional
process. The first movement introduces some interesting uses of sonata form, to be explored in
more detail in the analysis. Starting with linear analysis, the basic motives and rhythmic patterns
are discussed and supported with Bart6k's own explanations.
The conclusion of this study has important ramifications for performance: it eases up the
pressure on the performers, since problematic passages are analyzed and explained - preparing
the players' mentally for the performance. This is music which is hard to play and difficult to
analyze. The analysis, combining the results of both theoretical and musicological studies, is
intended to help both analysts and performers understand the genesis of the piece and, for
performers, to execute the music in the best possible manner.
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Ujj-Hilliard, Emöke. An Analysis of the Genesis of Motive, Rhythm, and Pitch in the First Movement of the Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion by Béla Bartók., dissertation, May 2004; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc4480/m1/2/: accessed April 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .