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 concertmaster Jacques Israelievitch and his stylistic approaches to orchestral excerpts: His legacy for violinists
Author(s):Chen, Kai-Wei
Advisor(s):Bashford, Christina
Contributor(s):Bashford, Christina; Freivogel, Megan; Gray, Larry; Milenkovich, Stefan
Department / Program:School of Music
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:A.Mus.D. (doctoral)
Subject(s):Jacques Israelievitch
orchestral excerpts
concertmaster solos
performance practice
audition tips
Abstract:Jacques Israelievitch, former Toronto Symphony Orchestra concertmaster, was one of the most influential concertmasters and performing artists of his time. His performances were characterized by a belief in the fine taste for musicianship and an acute sense for styles in different composers’ music. To date, little research has been done on him. By presenting Israelievitch’s story, this thesis gives readers deeper insight into the life of a concertmaster and a pedagogue, and passes on the legacy of this distinguished violinist to future generations. By discussing eight important orchestral excerpts containing Israelievitch’s bowings, fingerings, markings, and interpretations, this research not only analyses the music’s technical challenges but also provides insights into Israelievitch’s stylistic nuances and interpretive approach to these orchestral excerpts. The thesis further serves as a pedagogical tool for practicing and internalizing different styles of playing from various eras. Moreover, some important tips for preparing orchestra auditions are also presented, aiming to benefit those violinists who are auditioning or already playing in an orchestra professionally, those who study and teach orchestral excerpts, those who are learning different styles, or those who would like to learn from Israelievitch’s pedagogy. The goals of this thesis are twofold: first, to help someone prepare and win an orchestral audition; and second, to emphasize the importance of performance practice and styles by different composers from several periods and further create a pedagogical tool for styles, here obtained through an understanding of Israelievitch’s interpretations and stylistic approach.
Issue Date:2021
Publisher:School of Music, College of Fine + Applied Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Genre:Dissertation / Thesis
Rights Information:Copyright 2021 Kai-Wei Chen
Date Available in IDEALS:2021-03-03

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