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:Performance and pedagogical perspectives on Camille Sain-Saens’ three books of piano etudes: Op. 52, Op. 111, and Op. 135
Author(s):Yu, Jianan
Advisor(s):Heiles, William
Contributor(s):Heiles, William; Moersch, Charlotte Mattax; Tharp, Reynold; Tsitsaros, Christos
Department / Program:School of Music
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:A.Mus.D. (doctoral)
Abstract:This thesis explores Camille Saint-Saëns’ three books of piano études, Op. 52, Op. 111, and Op. 135, analyzing these études and exploring their implications for pedagogy and performance. Also examined is the influence on Saint- Saëns’ musical language from other notable pianist-composers, especially Liszt and Chopin, identifying important similarities which link the etudes of these three composers musically and pedagogically. Chapter 1 begins with a short biography and overview of Saint- Saëns’ musical style, and then discusses the composer’s preference for Baroque forms, and his relationship with other Romantic composers who most influenced his own musical style. Chapters 2 and 3 provide the historical backgrounds for the Six Études, Op. 52 and Six Études, Op. 111 respectively, then analyze the formal structure of these études, giving attention to pedagogical issues vis-à-vis virtuoso performance; and discuss relationships with appropriate etudes of Liszt and Chopin. Chapter 4 considers the background of Saint- Saëns’ Six Études pour la main gauche seule, Op. 135 and briefly discusses the development of these studies for the left–hand alone; analyzing their formal structure and pedagogical issues. The three books of études are also examined in the light of Saint- Saëns' evolution and maturation as a composer, and his dedication to the spirit of French music.
Issue Date:2017-05-09
Publisher:School of Music. College of Fine and Applied Arts. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Genre:Dissertation / Thesis
Rights Information:Copyright 2017 Jianan Yu
Date Available in IDEALS:2017-06-29

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