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:The art of preluding, with a focus on Johann Baptist Cramer's collections of 1818 and 1839
Author(s):Lee, Yu-Ying
Advisor(s):Moersch, Charlotte Mattax
Contributor(s):Hobson, Ian; Lund, Erik; Solya, Andrea
Department / Program:School of Music
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:A.Mus.D. (doctoral)
Subject(s):Johann Baptist Cramer
Twenty-Six Preludes
Thirty-Six Preludes, Op. 91
The Art of Preluding, Op. 300
Original System of Preluding
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Abstract:The purpose of this study is to reintroduce today’s pianists to the antiquated concept of preluding. To that end, this essay explores two little-known sets of preludes by the nineteenth-century composer Johann Baptist Cramer, the Twenty-Six Preludes or Short Introductions in the Principal Major and Minor Keys for the Piano Forte (1818) and Pensière Musicale, Thirty-Six Préludes Mélodique ou pensées musicales en forme de cadences, improvisations et caprice pour piano, Op. 91 (1839). A history of the prelude for keyboard precedes a stylistic investigation of representative preludes from Cramer’s collections. By analyzing Cramer’s preludes, focusing mainly on structure, harmonic progressions, and various figuration, this study provides a framework for today’s pianist learning how to construct a prelude in this style.
Issue Date:2020
Publisher:School of Music, College of Fine and Applied Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Genre:Dissertation / Thesis
Rights Information:Copyright 2020 Yu-Ying Lee
Date Available in IDEALS:2020-05-06

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