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:A performer's view of selected works from The Carnegie Hall Millennium Piano Book
Author(s):Yan, Jiafeng
Advisor(s):Tsitsaros, Christos
Contributor(s):Ehlen, Timothy; Moersch, Charlotte Mattax; Tharp, Reynold
Department / Program:School of Music
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:A.Mus.D. (doctoral)
Subject(s):The Carnegie Hall Millennium Piano Book
Zwilich - Lament
Tan Dun - Dew - Fall - Drops
Rihm - Zwiesprache
Harbison - On An Unwritten Letter
Andriessen - Image de Moreau
Chen Yi - Ba Ban
Rzewski - The Days Fly By
Abstract:The Carnegie Hall Millennium Piano Book was published in 2000 and represents a collection of compositions intended as commissions for Carnegie Hall. The book contains ten works by American composers Elliott Carter, Frederic Rzewski, John Harbison, Milton Babbitt, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, and Hannibal; Chinese composers Chen Yi and Tan Dun; German composer Wolfgang Rihm; and Dutch composer Louis Andriessen. The purpose of this paper is to provide a stylistic overview and some additional performance suggestions for the selected solo piano works by Harbison, Rzewski, Zwilich, Andriessen, Rihm, Chen Yi, and Tan Dun. It also presents a thorough investigation of the musical and pianistic issues for study by skilled high school students and undergraduate collegiate piano majors. The focus of this research will be on the performance issues as well as the pedagogical aspects presented in these works. Detailed discussions focus on pianistic approaches to tone production and pedaling and offer some specific observations on rhythm, articulation, and dynamics. Aspects of timbre, texture, harmony, melody, and form are also discussed as they relate to interpretation and performance. This will lead to a better understanding of the music and provide a basis for the interpretation and practice techniques for the works. The document will provide an examination of each composer’s treatment of genre and form, the individual musical language, and the style of writing for the piano.
Issue Date:2019
Publisher:School of Music, College of Fine and Applied Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Rights Information:Copyright 2019 Jiafeng Yan
Date Available in IDEALS:2019-04-23

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