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 comparative study of Frank Bridge's character pieces for piano from the 1910s and 1920s and character pieces by his contemporaries Arnold Bax, Cyril Scott, and John Ireland
Author(s):Ryu, Bora
Advisor(s):Tharp, Reynold
Contributor(s):Heiles, William; Parisi, Susan; Robinson, Dana
Department / Program:School of Music
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:A.Mus.D. (doctoral)
Subject(s):Frank Bridge
character pieces
Arnold Bax
Cyril Scott
John Ireland
1910s and 1920s
comparative analysis
Abstract:This thesis compares character pieces of Frank Bridge (1879-1941) to those of his British contemporaries Arnold Bax (1883-1953), Cyril Scott (1879-1970), and John Ireland (1879-1962). Musical elements examined include motives, chord constructions, harmonic syntax, rhythm and meter changes, form, pedal points, and pianistic writing. These comparisons then serve to facilitate an exploration of how Bridge’s character pieces differ from the early-twentieth-century mainstream. The thesis is in four chapters. The first chapter introduces the study and sets out the methodology employed. The second contains biographical sketches of the composers, and a survey of their musical languages. Chapter 3 comprises a detailed comparative analysis that focuses on the musical elements introduced earlier; and the final chapter summarizes some new findings. This chapter also suggests directions for future study, and comments on the pedagogic use of character pieces of this sort.
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 Bora Ryu
Date Available in IDEALS:2019-12-03

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