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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Author(s):Tang, Lydia
Advisor(s):Associate Professor Katherine Syer
Contributor(s):Associate Professor Rudolf Haken; Associate Professor Scott Schwartz; Professor Stephen Taylor; Clinical Assistant Professor Elizabeth Freivogel
Department / Program:School of Music
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:A.Mus.D. (doctoral)
Abstract:As a pioneer viola virtuoso of the 20th century, Emanuel “Manny” Vardi (c. 1915-2011) is most widely recognized as the first violist to record all of Paganini’s Caprices. As a passionate advocate for the viola as a solo instrument, Vardi premiered and championed now-standard repertoire, elevated the technique of violists by his virtuosic example, and inspired composers to write more demanding new repertoire for the instrument. However, the details of his long and diverse career have never to date been explored in depth or in a comprehensive manner. This thesis presents the first full biographical narrative of Vardi’s life: highlighting his work with the NBC Symphony under Arturo Toscanini, his activities as a soloist for the United States Navy Band during World War II, his compositional output, visual artwork, an analysis of his playing and teaching techniques, as well as his performing and recording legacies in classical, jazz, and popular music. Appendices include a chronology of his life, discography, lists of compositions written by and for Vardi, registered copyrights, and a list of interviews conducted by the author with family members, former students, and colleagues. This project fills in many gaps in existing documentation of Vardi’s life and work, and brings for the first time this multi-faceted artist into full view.
Issue Date:2016
Publisher:University of Illinois
Citation Info:Tang, Lydia. THE MULTI-FACETED ARTISTRY OF VIOLIST EMANUEL VARDI. Doctoral project thesis submitted at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign School of Music, 2016.
Genre:Dissertation / Thesis
Date Available in IDEALS:2016-07-25

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