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Title:The recorded heritage of Willem Mengelberg and its aesthetic relevance
Author(s):Golescu, Samir
Director of Research:Kinderman, William A.
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Kinderman, William A.
Doctoral Committee Member(s):Hobson, Ian; Lupu, Sherban; Syer, Katherine R.
Department / Program:Music
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Willem Mengelberg
Abstract:This dissertation explores the art and interpretative aesthetics of the Dutch conductor Willem Mengelberg (1871-1951), as preserved in his sound recordings and, subsidiarily, in his writings. Emphasis is given to issues pertaining to 19th century performance practice, as well as to historical connections between Mengelberg and compositional/interpretative trends in Europe at the time. Mengelberg’s impact on musical life in Amsterdam, New York, and beyond will be considered. The relevance of Mengelberg’s recordings is assessed from both a documentary and aesthetic point of view. The quasi-entirety of Mengelberg’s rich body of recordings has been consulted, yet a few dozens of them have been chosen for an in-depth study meant to illuminate both their historical context and their contemporary relevance.
Issue Date:2014-05-30
Rights Information:Copyright 2014 Samir Ghiocel Golescu
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-05-30
Date Deposited:2014-05

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