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:Alexander Tcherepnin's "Chinese" etudes -- their style and pedagogical value
Author(s):Zhu, Hanqian
Advisor(s):Heiles, William
Contributor(s):Heiles, William; Ehlen, Timothy; Solya, Andrea; Tsitsaros, Christos
Department / Program:School of Music
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:A.Mus.D. (doctoral)
Chinese music
20th century
piano pedagogy
Abstract:Alexander Tcherepnin (1899 - 1977), a Russian composer, was among the earliest Western composers to create instrumental works embodying stylistic features of Chinese music. During his three - year stay in China and Japan from 1934 to 1937, he studied Chinese culture intensively and wrote several compositions adapting a range of Chinese musical style features, particularly by using pentatonic scales and imitating the sounds of Chinese instruments. This project focuses on Tcherepnin’s “Chinese” piano etudes, Op. 51, Op. 52, and Op. 53. These etudes, encompassing a range of difficulty levels, not only exemplify various aspects of Chinese musical style but also help pianists to practice technical issues presented by this style in all its complexity. Whereas most of the available research is about Tcherepnin’s contributions to Chinese music and his activities in China, this research discusses the technical features and pedagogical benefits of these etudes, which was Tcherepnin’s original purpose for writing them.
Issue Date:2020
Publisher:School of Music, College Fine and Applied Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Rights Information:Copyright 2020 Hanqian Zhu
Date Available in IDEALS:2020-04-27

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