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:An analytical study of Eun-Hye Kim's 12 piano suites Les douze signes
Author(s):Hur, Soo Jung
Advisor(s):Carrillo, Carlos
Contributor(s):Ehlen, Timothy; Tsitsaros, Christos; Silvers, Michael
Department / Program:School of Music
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:A.Mus.D. (doctoral)
Subject(s):20th century compositional style
Theoretical analysis
Performance guide
Piano suites
Eun-Hye Kim
Korean woman composer
Character piece
Orientalism in music
Abstract:This study looks at Eun-Hye Kim’s set of twelve piano suites, Les douze signes, for the advanced pianist, providing guidance for performances of this large-scale work. To prepare a better performance, it is necessary to examine Kim’s compositional style and to analyze the suites. Chapter One introduces the purpose of the study and gives background information about the suites. Chapter Two contains a thorough biography of Kim. Chapter Three includes the background of the Eastern zodiac, giving details about the characteristics of each of the twelve animals upon which the work is based. It also provides the analysis including formal structure, harmony, rhythm, texture, timbre, as well as the place of the composer’s musical language within twentieth-century style. Chapter Four continues with performance considerations for each movement. As each piece represents a different character, and also demands great skill to play, this chapter offers technical suggestions for more effective performance. Moreover, as this work is a character piece, an interpretation is offered about how to express the musical elements. The conclusion deals with why this particular work’s issues are important, and how they might be approached in order to help pianists prepare a successful performance.
Issue Date:2018
Publisher:School of Music, College of Fine and Applied Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Genre:Dissertation / Thesis
Rights Information:Copyright Soo Jung Hur
Date Available in IDEALS:2018-03-22

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