Date of Award

1994

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)

Department

Music

First Advisor

Co-Dennis Parker

Second Advisor

David Smyth

Abstract

The Viola Concerto of Bela Bartok is a well known work, and appears frequently in the concert repertoire. However, its twin version for cello and orchestra is not often heard. The work was commissioned in 1945 by William Primrose, but Bartok died shortly before completing it. It has been the purpose of this study to examine the background of this work in both the viola and cello versions, and to analyze its compositional structure. To accomplish this purpose, the author has chosen to examine the work from various aspects. For example, the circumstance which engendered his composition is investigated. Also, a movement by movement formal analysis of the concerto in cello version is discussed--namely: form, harmony, melody and rhythm.

Pages

38

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