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:THE STYLISTIC INFLUENCE OF THE FRENCH VIOLIN SCHOOL ON THE BEETHOVEN VIOLIN CONCERTO OP. 61
Author(s):Neacsu, Cristian
Contributor(s):Associate Professor Christina Bashford; Professor Charlotte Mattax Moersch; Associate Professor Stefan Milenkovich; Clinical Assistant Professor Andrea Solya
Department / Program:School of Music
Discipline:Music
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:A.Mus.D. (doctoral)
Subject(s):Music
Beethoven
violin
concerto
french
school
61
Cristian
Neacsu
Abstract:Beethoven’s Violin Concerto is universally considered one of the most significant essays in the genre. Though much has already been written and explored, this project investigates the stylistic influences of the French Violin School in relation to this concerto. The violinists at the forefront of the French School were involved in different ways with opera. Their acquaintance with vocal music transferred to the violin, inevitably driven by their pursuit of new ways of expression, resulting in works that highlighted the lyrical singing quality of the violin and possibly foreshadowing the Romantic style of the nineteenth-century. For Beethoven, the early 1800s were a time of exploration as he searched for his own voice and perhaps it was the lyrical quality of French violin music as well as the idiomatic writing of the solo violin that turned him toward the works of the French violin school. A portion of the paper assesses the extent to which Beethoven adopted idiomatic language popular with French masters in writing the solo part of his violin concerto, and shows how he incorporated that language to create something unique, a model for the large-scale symphonic concerto that became popular with nineteenth-century composers. This research also studies the treatment of melodies in Beethoven, Viotti and Kreutzer concertos. A chapter on the cadenza is included that surveys the different cadenzas written for Beethoven’s Concerto and their stylistic implications, along with my own cadenza for the first movement.
Issue Date:2016
Publisher:University of Illinois
Citation Info:Neacsu, Cristian. THE STYLISTIC INFLUENCE OF THE FRENCH VIOLIN SCHOOL ON THE BEETHOVEN VIOLIN CONCERTO OP. 61. Doctoral thesis submitted at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, School of Music, 2016.
Genre:Dissertation / Thesis
Type:Text
Language:English
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/90225
Date Available in IDEALS:2016-06-03


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