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Title:The String Chamber Style and the String Quintet Medium in the Nineteenth Century
Author(s):Wheeler, Margaret Jean
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Temperley, Nicholas
Department / Program:Music
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Abstract:This study examines chamber style in the nineteenth century from the perspective of composition and performance, and demonstrates the role of scoring in the definition of string chamber style. Scoring, the specific manner in which musical content is assigned to instrumental timbres and then distributed among the parts, is discussed as an integral part of the composition and performance of chamber music. Changes in the view of chamber style during the nineteenth century show that instrumental parity in late Romantic string chamber music was gradually achieved as part of a stylistic process. Scoring is the musical element in which the growth and intensification of the meaning of chamber style occurred. The distinctive features of the string quintet are described in terms of sonority, breadth of form, and balance.
The dissertation also surveys publication of the string quintet medium in the nineteenth century (1817-1899), using Whistling and Hofmeister' s Handbuch der musikalischen Litteratur (1817-1827) and Hofmeister's Musikalischer-literarischer Monatsbericht (1829-1899) to create a database of music for five string instruments. Instrumentation, i.e., the performing forces, and categories of title are examined. Titles are categorized around the use of the term quintet and include solo works, programmatic titles, and arrangements as well as quintets. The database presents information on title, instrumentation, genre, and chronology and provides data for the larger question of the relationship between title and genre in nineteenth-century chamber music. The database will also aid in identifying and compiling a definitive list of string quintets.
Issue Date:1994
Description:370 p.
Thesis (D.M.A.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1994.
Other Identifier(s):(UMI)AAI9503350
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-12-16
Date Deposited:1994

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