Note:This scholarly essay 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 two lecture recitals related to the essay topic.

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Title:The Art Of Preluding: Pedagogical Insights For Cultivating The Art Of Late 18th To Middle 19th Century Improvised Preludes
Author(s):Gingher, Samuel Sterling
Advisor(s):Dr. Reid Alexander
Contributor(s):Dr. Timothy Ehlen; Dr. Erik Lund; Dr. Charlotte Mattax
Department / Program:School of Music
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:A.Mus.D. (doctoral)
Abstract:The purpose of this scholarly essay, in support of two doctoral project lecture recitals, is to provide pedagogical approaches toward development of historically accurate classical pianoforte improvisation, specifically from the time period of 1770-1850, when the art of extemporized preluding was in common practice. As a primary resource, this essay draws from historical collections of preludes and treatises on improvisation. The first chapter offers a brief overview of the sources used, with attention to Carl Czerny’s significant contribution to improvisation pedagogy, and an overview of research objectives and methodology. The second chapter focuses on the development of transposition skills, mandatory in jazz pedagogy, but rarely taught in modern classical piano curricula. Through original exercises and creative implementation, a student may develop transposition skills, a necessary prerequisite for successful classical improvisation. Transposition exercises are then implemented with historical preludes to develop vocabulary. The third chapter explores intermediate skill development through the study of different prelude genres, integrated with transposition and original composition exercises. The final chapter outlines additional prelude types, such as the modulating prelude, etude, cadenza, and fantasy for advanced skill development.
Issue Date:2015-04
Publisher:University of Illinois
Citation Info:Gingher, Samuel Sterling. THE ART OF PRELUDING: PEDAGOGICAL INSIGHTS FOR CULTIVATING THE ART OF LATE 18TH TO MIDDLE 19TH CENTURY IMPROVISED PRELUDES. Scholarly essay submitted at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign School of Music, 2015.
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-05-01

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