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:Playing the viola pain-free: Strategies applied to Schumann's Märchenbilder, Op. 113
Author(s):Trower, Elizabeth Anne Shereé
Advisor(s):Taylor, Stephen
Contributor(s):Freivogel, Elizabeth; Haken, Rudolf; Ramirez, Carlos Roberto
Department / Program:School of Music
Discipline:Music
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:A.Mus.D. (doctoral)
Subject(s):viola
Schumann
Märchenbilder
Marchenbilder
Opus 113
tension
pain
technique
Abstract:Many violists live with the notion that the instrument causes pain. Using the second movement (Lebhaft) of Robert Schumann’s Märchenbilder (Fairy Tale Pictures) for Viola and Piano, Op. 113 as its center, this project provides a tangible, practical approach to avoiding unwanted tension while playing the viola. This document discusses issues of instrument size, posture, pedagogy, and anatomy, and then provides strategies for techniques as applied to the Schumann. This guide is for violists who either live with pain while playing or consider quitting because of it, with detailed technical solutions and approaches including set up, positioning, double stops, shifting, right arm weight, and wrist flexibility.
Issue Date:2019
Publisher:School of Music, College of Fine and Applied Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Genre:Dissertation / Thesis
Type:Text
image
Language:English
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/106001
Rights Information:© 2019 Elizabeth Anne Shereé Trower
Date Available in IDEALS:2019-12-06


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