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Title:Alfred Schnittke’s quest for a universal musical language in the Penitential Psalms (1987–88)
Author(s):Lehmann, Zhanna A.
Director of Research:Alwes, Chester L.
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Alwes, Chester L.
Doctoral Committee Member(s):Tsitsaros, Christos; Bashford, Christina; Tharp, Reynold
Department / Program:Music
Discipline:Music
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:A.Mus.D.
Genre:Dissertation
Subject(s):penitential poems
spiritual poems
Russian Orthodox Christianity
polystylism
znamenny rospev (chant)
choir concerto
partesny style (part-singing)
naïve kant
prichit (lament)
ison (drone)
heterophonic polyphony
pitch centrality
motifs
monograms.
Abstract:This dissertation explores the genesis of Alfred Schnittke’s choral masterpiece, Penitential Psalms (1987–88), commissioned to celebrate the millennial anniversary of the Christianization of Russia (988–1988). Given the vast scope of this historical narrative, Schnittke decided that his composition must take into account a wide range of textual and musical developments. The analysis of the work proceeds along two complimentary axes: a discussion of the historical antecedents of the text, and a thorough examination of how Schnittke synthesized the musical elements associated with historical Russian Orthodox sacred music and Russian folkloric tradition with his own unique esthetic goals and personal compositional style to produce a blended, universal musical language.
Issue Date:2018-07-09
Type:Text
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/101543
Rights Information:Copyright 2018 Zhanna Lehmann
Date Available in IDEALS:2018-09-27
Date Deposited:2018-08


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