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:Interpretation of Frédéric Chopin’s pedal markings on modern pianos
Author(s):Zhu, Gang
Advisor(s):Ehlen, Timothy
Contributor(s):Ehlen, Timothy; Moersch, Charlotte Mattax; Robinson, Dana; Tipei, Sever
Department / Program:School of Music
Discipline:Music
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:A.Mus.D. (doctoral)
Subject(s):Chopin
pedal
modern
interpretaion
approach
original
modification
suggestion
Abstract:This project offers new approaches to pedaling in Frédéric Chopin’s piano works for modern pianos, utilizing Chopin’s original pedal markings. The project begins with the review of the existing literature regarding Chopin’s pedaling, including books, articles, dissertations, score sources, and audio materials. A brief explanation of historical and syncopated pedaling follows, including a comparison between Chopin’s piano (the Pleyel piano) and modern ones. The next, and central part of this paper is an analysis of Chopin’s musical style and pedaling, with detailed examples of selected works. Finally, the author presents his own pedaling suggestions, with modifications for modern pianos. The musical examples are selected from Chopin’s Mazurkas, Op. 41, Op. 50, and Op. 68; the Nocturnes; and the second movement from the Piano Concerto no. 1, Op. 11. The majority of musical examples are taken from the Polish National Edition (WN edition) edited by Jan Ekier (1913-2014). The aim of this project is to demonstrate why Chopin’s original pedal markings, when used with the necessary adaptations,are still preferable, and effective on modern instruments.
Issue Date:2020
Publisher:School of Music, College of Fine and Applied Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Genre:Essay
Type:Text
image
Language:English
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/106507
Rights Information:© 2020 Gang Zhu
Date Available in IDEALS:2020-03-06


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