Note:This thesis 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 a recital of music related to the thesis topic.

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Title:A study of selected solo piano works by Tobias Picker
Author(s):Chen, Moye
Advisor(s):Heiles, William
Contributor(s):Heiles, William; Tipei, Sever; Gunn, Julie; Sennet, Rochelle
Department / Program:School of Music
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:A.Mus.D. (doctoral)
Subject(s):Tobias Picker
piano works
piano etudes
Abstract:Tobias Picker (1954- ), currently the Artistic Director of the Tulsa Opera, has also served as Artistic Consultant of the New York City Opera. As a composer, Picker is noted primarily for his operas. His works for piano, though of equal musical value, have received less widespread attention. Picker has composed eight works for solo piano, employing different compositional approaches and styles. Most of them are in a highly tonal style with traditional pianistic texture and harmonic language. Like his operas, some of his piano compositions are quite dramatic. This document offers a study of the relevant aspects of the tonality, rhythm, form, texture, and style in Picker’s piano works while also providing performance suggestions for pianists.
Issue Date:2018
Publisher:School of Music, College of Fine and Applied Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Genre:Dissertation / Thesis
Rights Information:© 2018 Moye Chen
Date Available in IDEALS:2018-12-03

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