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:A STUDY OF SEVEN CHARACTER PIECES FOR PIANO BY ARNOLD BAX WRITTEN BETWEEN 1915 AND 1920
Author(s):Yang, Jee Won
Advisor(s):Professor William Heiles
Contributor(s):Professor William Heiles; Professor Timothy Ehlen; Professor Emeritus Nicholas Temperley; 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):piano
Arnold
Bax
music
Abstract:Though less well known today than most of his contemporaries, the English composer Sir Arnold Bax (1883-­‐1953) wrote a wealth of beautiful and powerful music in various genres. Bax’s music is full of interesting ideas, showing an array of various influences. His music is imaginative and evocative of scene and atmosphere, and at the same time stimulates the listener’s emotions. It cannot be categorized as belonging to any of the leading “isms” of the early twentieth century such as serialism, atonalism, neo-­‐classicism, or nationalism. Instead Bax created his own unique style based on Irish and Celtic culture, experiences arising from his travels to other countries, and his impressions, both sensuous and emotional, of scenes and occasions. This thesis presents a brief biography of Bax, a discussion of his unique compositional style, and a study of his character pieces for piano written between 1915 and 1920. These pieces tend to recall the styles and characteristics of countries such as Ireland and Russia, and present Bax’s feelings and impressions arising from his travels and from particular events such as the death of his friend, Patrick Pearse.
Issue Date:2017
Publisher:University of Illinois
Citation Info:Yang, Jee Won. A STUDY OF SEVEN CHARACTER PIECES FOR PIANO BY ARNOLD BAX WRITTEN BETWEEN 1915 AND 1920. Doctoral project thesis submitted at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign School of Music, 2017.
Genre:Dissertation / Thesis
Type:Text
Language:English
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/95837
Date Available in IDEALS:2017-04-07


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