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 “GOLDEN AGE” OF PIANISM: AN ANALYTICAL STUDY OF MORIZ ROSENTHAL’S PIANO PARAPHRASES OF JOHANN STRAUSS II’S WALTZES
Author(s):Wei, Muen
Advisor(s):Prof. Ian Hobson
Contributor(s):Prof. Ian Hobson; Prof. Sever Tipei; Prof. John “Chip” Stephens; Dr. Susan Parisi
Department / Program:School of Music
Discipline:Music
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:A.Mus.D. (doctoral)
Subject(s):Moriz
Rosenthal
Johan
Strauss
piano
music
analytical
study
muen
wei
Abstract:During the “Golden Age” of pianism (1880-1930), virtuosic transcriptions were popular repertoire in concerts. As the waltz became the rage in Vienna, the waltzes of Johann Strauss were the prime subjects for piano transcriptions. One of the greatest pianists of the era was Moriz Rosenthal, who was recognized by his breathtaking virtuosity and musical depth. His own two Strauss transcriptions, Carnaval de Vienne and Fantasie um Johann Strauss, represent the highest pinnacle in this genre: virtuosity, Viennese identity and wit. The first chapter introduces the background information on the Viennese Waltz in the nineteenth century, and Chapter II presents biography of Rosenthal as a performer and composer. Chapters III and IV offer detailed analyses of Rosenthal’s transcriptional technique in Carnaval de Vienne and Fantasie um Johann Strauss. The analysis showcases the complicated contrapuntal texture and technical demands Rosenthal incorporated in his transcriptions. Chapter V compares Rosenthal’s transcriptions with similar Strauss transcriptions by his contemporaries, Alfred Grünfeld, Adolf Shulz-Evler, and Leopold Godowsky. Chapter VI considers some performance issues and offers some practical suggestions on how to overcome the technical difficulties, as well as addresses issues of the characteristics of Viennese waltzes. The Appendix compiles a list of eighty-nine piano transcriptions of Strauss pieces by Rosenthal and his contemporaries.
Issue Date:2016
Publisher:University of Illinois
Citation Info:Wei, Muen. THE “GOLDEN AGE” OF PIANISM: AN ANALYTICAL STUDY OF MORIZ ROSENTHAL’S PIANO PARAPHRASES OF JOHANN STRAUSS II’S WALTZES. Scholarly essay submitted at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, School of Music, 2016.
Genre:Essay
Type:Text
Language:English
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/90215
Date Available in IDEALS:2016-05-31


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