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:A Performer's Perspective On Stephen Heller's 33 Variations On A Theme By Beethoven, Op. 130
Author(s):Lim, So Young
Advisor(s):Alexander, Reid
Contributor(s):Alexander, Reid; Heiles, William; Moersch, Charlotte Mattax; Tharp, Reynold
Department / Program:School of Music
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:A.Mus.D. (doctoral)
Subject(s):Ludwig van Beethoven
Stephen Heller
33 variations
Abstract:Stephen Heller composed many works for piano including études, preludes, character pieces, sonatas, and themes and variations. He also transcribed many works for piano by other composers such as Mendelssohn, Schumann, and Beethoven. His short études and character pieces are frequently studied and played by music teachers and students; however, his large pieces are rarely studied or played. The purpose of this study is to engender interest in his larger piano solo works through an examination of his 33 Variations on a Theme by Beethoven, op. 130 (1871) and to provide an interpretive analysis for performing. This thesis consists of five chapters. The introductory chapter (Chapter 1) is comprised of the Introduction, Statement of the Problem, Literature Review, and Project Significance. Chapter 2 provides background information about Stephen Heller. Chapter 3 is a brief overview of other composers’ variations on a theme by Beethoven. Chapter 4, the main body of this thesis, focuses on examining each variation in op. 130 and when appropriate comparing the writing of Heller and Beethoven. The performer’s perspective discusses interpretative issues including articulation, pedaling, voicing and dynamics, rhythm and recognizing the ground bass. This chapter also shows the creative ways that Heller used Beethoven’s theme in the variation. Chapter 5 contains a summary and conclusion. Ultimately, this project is intended to increase interest in Heller’s op. 130 and situate the work as an important composition from the Romantic period.
Issue Date:2015-03
Citation Info:Lim, So Young. A PERFORMER’S PERSPECTIVE ON STEPHEN HELLER’S 33 VARIATIONS ON A THEME BY BEETHOVEN, OP. 130. Doctoral Project thesis submitted at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign School of Music, 2015
Genre:Dissertation / Thesis
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-04-16

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