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 study of Leo Ornstein’s Piano Sonata No. 5, a biography in sonata form
Author(s):Wang, Molin
Advisor(s):Professor William Heiles
Contributor(s):Professor William Heiles; Professor Christos Tsitsaros; Professor Sever Tipei; Dr. Susan Parisi
Department / Program:School of Music
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:A.Mus.D. (doctoral)
Abstract:This doctoral paper analyzes Leo Ornstein’s Piano Sonata No. 5, A Biography in Sonata Form. It supports a doctoral project recital that featured this composition. Research questions guided the investigation with the aim of elucidating essential compositional and performance aspects of this large-scale piano sonata to facilitate understanding of the music. Chapter I provides background information about Leo Ornstein’s life and a general overview of his musical styles in three distinct periods. The second and third chapters analyze the Piano Sonata No. 5 with attention to its formal structures, and present salient characteristic elements of Ornstein’s music style including melodic content, rhythm, and harmonization. A general comparison is also undertaken with two of Ornstein’s other piano sonatas No. 4 and No. 8. Chapter IV then discusses performance considerations and offers to aid the pianist in the evaluation of problematic passages in Sonata No. 5. Finally, an appendix supplies my transcription of the missing measures 21 to 39 of the second movement from the recording by Michael Sellers who premiered Sonata No. 5 in this study.
Issue Date:2016
Publisher:University of Illinois
Citation Info:Wang, Molin. A STUDY OF LEO ORNSTEIN’S PIANO SONATA NO. 5, A BIOGRAPHY IN SONATA FORM. Doctoral Project thesis submitted at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign School of Music, 2016
Genre:Dissertation / Thesis
Date Available in IDEALS:2016-03-28

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