Electronic Theses and Dissertations





Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts





Committee Chair

Victor Santiago Asuncion

Committee Member

Kenneth Kreitner

Committee Member

Kevin Richmond

Committee Member

Michelle Vigneau


This dissertation examines a selection of late-romantic Italian chamber music works, particularly Giovanni Sgambati's two piano quintets and Giuseppe Martucci's piano quintet and two piano trios, and places them within the context of instrumental music's resurgence in post-unification Italy. By establishing how Italy's strongest sense of unification was its shared culture and how the standard of that culture began to evolve following the Risorgimento, I hope to draw attention to a body of chamber music that has been mostly overlooked.The introdctory chapter examines the background for the cultural evolution that surrounded the Risorgimento's political goals, highlighting those threads which directly impacted the arts including Giuseppe Mazzini, Verdi and Italian opera, and Arrigo Boito and the scapigliatura. The second chapter focuses on Rome and, specifically, the work of Giovanni Sgambati with an in-depth, analytical look at both of his piano quintets. The third chapter moves forward chronologically, but with a shift to Naples and Bologna to concentrate on Giuseppe Martucci and his piano quintet and two piano trios. The conclusion follows, bookending the survey with Verdi's Otello and the Italian state's restructuring of its conservatories. It also recommends late-nineteenth and early-twentieth-century Italian chamber works yet to be explored before Italy's shift to Futurism.My goal is to bring attention to the chamber works of Sgambati and Martucci by thoroughly discussing what the works possess and thereby offering them greater definition. By accurately categorizing what these works display, the hope is that they may then begin to be placed in context of other late-romantic chamber music works.


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Library Comment

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