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:Joseph Joachim's Second Violin Concerto: A violinist's guide to performance
Author(s):Mo, Gloria Chun-Ting
Advisor(s):Moersch, Charlotte Mattax
Contributor(s):Moersch, Charlotte Mattax; Haken, Rudolf; Lee, Nelson; Tharp, Reynold
Department / Program:School of Music
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:A.Mus.D. (doctoral)
Subject(s):Joseph Joachim
Violin Concerto No. 2 in d minor, op. 11
Romantic Era
performance practice
Hungarian Concerto
violin technique
Leopold Auer
Abstract:Joseph Joachim’s impact as a violinist is undeniable; however, he is less known as a composer. Many violinists shy away from his pieces, perhaps owing to their great difficulty. Joachim wrote three violin concerti during his lifetime, all of which require great flexibility of the left hand and smooth string crossings with the right. Unfortunately, the number of resources addressing the performance practice and technical problems of his concerti is limited. This thesis aims to be a practical guide, presenting solutions to various technical problems introduced in Joachim’s Second Violin Concerto. By playing the work in the context of the historical playing styles of Joachim and his students Leopold Auer and Marie Soldat, and by drawing on my own experiences, I offer suggested solutions and practice styles to address the difficulties posed by this concerto. Joseph Joachim left behind a large body of compositions that are often overlooked. With this thesis, the author hopes to reinvigorate academic interest in Joachim’s compositional career and to encourage other violinists to explore his concerti.
Issue Date:2019
Publisher:School of Music, College of Fine and Applied Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Genre:Dissertation / Thesis
Rights Information:Copyright 2019 Gloria Chun-Ting Mo
Date Available in IDEALS:2019-04-23

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