Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Identifier

786

Date

2013

Date of Award

4-16-2013

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts

Major

Music

Concentration

Performance

Committee Chair

james G Gholson

Committee Member

Kenneth R Kreitner

Committee Member

Michelle Vigneau

Committee Member

John W Baur

Abstract

Darius Milhaud was a twentieth century French composer who composed several works for the clarinet. Sound richness and use of the clarinet’s technical abilities made him one of the recognizable composers of his time. For this paper, his two compositions for the clarinet have been selected and analyzed; Sonatine for Clarinet and Piano and Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra. Both pieces demonstrate Milhaud’s polytonal writing technique. His use of polytonality and his idiomatic use of instrument range in his compositions illustrate his character of music. The selected illustrate different writing styles and unique compositional technique. With a period of fourteen years between these two pieces, Milhaud’s musical mentality went through a metamorphosis. He began to use more classical period materials in his late compositions. The analysis of his Sonatine for Clarinet and Piano and Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra will illustrate the style differences between the two pieces. While he was composing his sonatine, Darius employed a mainly bitonality and polytonality writing styles. Fourteen years later, while composing his concerto, his compositional style turned toward a neo-classical approach.

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Library Comment

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

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