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Title:Instrument of Life and Death: The Symbolic Role of the Solo Trumpet in the First and Third Movements of Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 5 in C Sharp Minor
Author(s):Melvin, William Parker, Jr
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Michael Ewald
Department / Program:Music
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Fine Arts
Abstract:The trumpet is also a vital soloistic and motivic instrument in the very folk-like, dance-oriented third movement of the Fifth Symphony, the "Scherzo." The "Scherzo," however, is not purely a celebratory folk dance. As reflected in literature and philosophy from the same period as its composition, the "Scherzo" seems to have been an effort to combat hopelessness, suffering, and fear of death. As in the "Trauermarsch," the solo trumpet participates actively in the symbolic juxtaposition of opposing life and death elements. This study therefore demonstrates that in both the first and third movements of the Fifth Symphony, the solo trumpet plays an integral role in Mahler's musical struggle with the duality of life and death.
Issue Date:1997
Description:200 p.
Thesis (D.M.A.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1997.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI9812701
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:1997

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