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:Poetry and music: Reynaldo Hahn's Le Rossignol éperdu
Author(s):Kim, Minji
Advisor(s):Tharp, Reynold
Contributor(s):Tharp, Reynold; Ehlen, Timothy; Kinderman, Willliam; Heiles, William
Department / Program:School of Music
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:A.Mus.D. (doctoral)
Abstract:This study focuses on Reynaldo Hahn’s solo piano work, Le Rossignol éperdu (“The Bewildered Nightingale”) (1902-1910), the largest instrumental work by the composer. Le Rossignol éperdu is a collection of fifty-three character pieces, each one with a title and sometimes a reference to a poem, novel, or play that inspired the composition. The themes of the literary quotations cover a wide range including love, nature, the pastoral, and nostalgia. This project focuses on the theme of love and studies how Hahn describes the very popular, yet personal, theme of human nature in his piano music. The main focus is to analyze the following pieces: No. 3, “Douloureuse Rêverie dans un bois de sapins”; No. 6, “Gretchen”; No. 7, “Les Deux Écharpes”; No. 8, “Liebe! Liebe!”; No. 13, “Nevermore”; No. 14, “Portrait”; No. 17, “Ivresse”; No. 18, “L’Arome suprême”; No. 27, “La Danse de l’Amour et du Danger”; No. 29, “Chérubin tragique.” My analysis examines the composer’s musical language and characteristics and connects these to the background contexts and interpretations of the texts associated with the pieces to investigate how Hahn expresses poetic ideas in an instrumental work. Despite its remarkable size and the beauty of the music, little has been written about Le Rossignol éperdu. This study will help introduce this new piano repertoire to pianists looking for hidden gems that are unknown, but interesting. Since this collection is noteworthy for its integration of poetry and music, hopefully this study will also be useful not only for performers but also for readers.
Issue Date:2017-04-04
Publisher:School of Music. College of Fine and Applied Arts. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Genre:Dissertation / Thesis
Rights Information:Copyright 2017 Minji Kim
Date Available in IDEALS:2017-05-23

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