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:COMPOSITIONAL AND PERFORMING STRATEGIES IN FIVE WORKS FOR PIANO SOLO BY CARL VINE
Author(s):Kwak, So Jung
Advisor(s):Professor Stephen Taylor
Contributor(s):Professor Ian Hobson; Professor William Heiles; Professor Christos Tsitsaros
Department / Program:School of Music
Discipline:Music
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:A.Mus.D. (doctoral)
Subject(s):music
piano
carl
vine
so
jung
kwak
composition
Abstract:This research paper discusses five compositions for solo piano by Carl Vine (b. 1954): Five Bagatelles (1994), Sonata No. 2 (1997), Red Blues (1999), The Anne Landa Preludes (2006), and Toccatissimo (2011). Known for its distinctive synthesis of neo-romantic modernistic elements, Vine’s music has received wide attention and has been performed by internationally renowned musicians and ensembles. A pianist himself, Vine has composed works for solo piano, two pianos, and piano concertos, as well as works for piano trio and piano quintet. All the piano compositions reflect a continuation of twentieth-century pianistic traditions and were composed after 1985, when Vine decided to go in a different direction in search of his mature voice. While there has been some writing on Vine’s three Piano Sonatas and Piano Concerto No. 1, his other solo piano compositions have not received scholarly scrutiny in the literature. In this project I undertake analysis of the forms, harmonies, melodic content, rhythms, and textures of the five compositions. I also examine influences on these piano works; special features relating to their eclectic and neo-romantic elements; performance considerations which must be confronted on account of Vine’s extreme virtuosic writing; as well as pedagogical issues relevant to these particular works. This thesis consists of four chapters. The first chapter serves as an introduction, containing composer’s biography and stylistic characteristics in Vine’s piano music. The second chapter provides pedagogical examination of Vine’s all works for piano solo, including a comprehensive analysis of the forms, harmonies, melodic content, rhythms, and textures. In addition, the solo piano works are organized by levels of difficulty. The third chapter provides a detailed analysis of Piano Sonata No. 2, which shows more rigid structure. The fourth chapter provides a conclusion, summarizing compositional style in Vine’s piano music. An interview I conducted with Mr. Vine is reproduced in an appendix.
Issue Date:2016
Publisher:University of Illinois
Citation Info:Kwak, So Jung. COMPOSITIONAL AND PERFORMING STRATEGIES IN FIVE WORKS FOR PIANO SOLO BY CARL VINE. 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/2142/90329
Date Available in IDEALS:2016-06-23


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