Note:This scholarly essay is part of a research project submitted in partial fulfillment of the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts in the School of Music. The project also involved the preparation and performance of two lecture recitals related to the essay topic.

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Title:The violin sonatas of Aaron Copland and Walter Piston: A historical and analytical overview and performer's guide
Author(s):Choi, Eun Jeong
Advisor(s):Tharp, Reynold
Contributor(s):Tharp, Reynold; Milenkovich, Stefan; Lund, Erik; Haken, Rudolf
Department / Program:School of Music
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:A.Mus.D. (doctoral)
Subject(s):Copland, Aaron
Piston, Walter
Violin sonata
20th century
Performer's guide
Abstract:While Aaron Copland and Walter Piston had different backgrounds, both studied with Nadia Boulanger in France, and were influenced by the neoclassicism of Igor Stravinsky. Their different perspectives and styles are reflected in the two composers’ violin sonatas. In Piston’s Violin Sonata (1939), it is hard to find an overtly “American” quality, as the work sounds more international and has neoclassical features. Copland’s Violin Sonata (1943), in contrast, has both distinctly American and neoclassical features. The sonata was composed in his “American” period, but is often considered closer to his earlier “abstract” period associated with neoclassicism. This project provides an analytical and historical overview of the sonatas, including their styles, influences, and backgrounds, and includes a guide for performers as well .
Issue Date:2018
Publisher:School of Music, College of Fine and Applied Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Rights Information:Copyright 2018 Eun Jeong Choi
Date Available in IDEALS:2018-07-16

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