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:A PERFORMER’S GUIDE TO THE SOLO VIOLIN MUSIC OF AUGUSTA READ THOMAS
Author(s):Shin, Sun-Young Gemma
Advisor(s):Professor Stephen A. Taylor
Contributor(s):Professor Stephen A. Taylor; Professor Charlotte Mattax Moersch; Professor Jeffrey Magee; Professor of Practice at Indiana University Simin Ganatra
Department / Program:School of Music
Discipline:Music
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:A.Mus.D. (doctoral)
Subject(s):music
violin
augusta
read
thomas
solo
Sun-Young
Gemma
Shin
Abstract:This essay offers an analysis of Augusta Read Thomas’s five solo violin works; Incantation (1995), Pulsar (2003), Rush (2004), Caprice (2005), and Dream Catcher (2008). As over ten years have passed between the first published solo violin work Incantation (1995) and Dream Catcher (2008), they provide some scope on the contemporary violin literature, as well as the evolution of Thomas’s own compositional style. This essay addresses the genesis of each work in chronological order. It gives a comparative analysis of the five pieces and how they interlink with each other, and also presents some of the prominent gestures and rhythmic figures that frequently appear in Thomas’s compositions. The analyses are based on structure, motives, timbre, pitches, and harmony, with recurring intervals and gestures that help with musical interpretation. Finally it also contains performance practice suggestions for certain idiomatic and technical challenges found in these works. I hope musicians interested in Thomas’ string works find this essay beneficial for understanding her musical language\s in this particular genre.
Issue Date:2015
Publisher:University of Illinois
Citation Info:Shin, Sun-Young Gemma. A PERFORMER’S GUIDE TO THE SOLO VIOLIN MUSIC OF AUGUSTA READ THOMAS. Scholarly essay submitted at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, School of Music, 2015.
Genre:Essay
Type:Text
Language:English
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/90243
Date Available in IDEALS:2016-06-07


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