Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Identifier

1296

Date

2014

Date of Award

12-2-2014

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts

Major

Music

Concentration

Performance

Committee Chair

Janet K. Page

Committee Member

Leonardo Garcia Altino

Committee Member

John W. Baur

Committee Member

Soh-Hyun Park Altino

Abstract

This study examines Samuel Barber's Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op. 6, a notable part of the repertoire for cello and piano, and American music in general. Beginning with an overview of Barber's life, further chapters include a formal analysis of the piece, a guide for the cellist's approach in performance, and a discussion of the piece in the context of nationality in the 1930's. Barber's sonata is revealed to be a neo-romantic work, combining aspects of 19th-century romanticism and 20th-century modernism. The role of the cello is found to be lyrical and often vocal, a typical quality in Barber's music in general, the composer himself being a trained singer. Pertaining to nationality, Barber is distinguished from figures (such as Aaron Copland) who embraced a representative role in American art music, and is viewed instead as an individual American who composed from personal instinct and desire for authentic expression.

Comments

Data is provided by the student.

Library Comment

dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.

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