Date of Award

2000

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)

Department

Music

First Advisor

Constance Carroll

Second Advisor

Kathleen Rountree

Abstract

This study examines Amy Beach's only concerto, the Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in C-sharp Minor, Op. 45. The four-movement, late Romantic work for virtuoso pianist and large orchestra is a significant contribution to the genre, containing well-developed and contrasting themes, interesting and innovative harmonies, and exciting virtuosic display. This monograph explores the concerto from a historical, stylistic, and analytical perspective. The first chapter provides a brief biography of Amy Beach and an overview of her most important compositions. Chapter Two examines the historical significance, the critical reception, and the pianistic style of the concerto. The influences of other late-Romantic composers, such as Chopin, Liszt, Tchaikovsky, Grieg, Brahms, and MacDowell, are discussed. The third chapter provides an analysis of the formal, harmonic, and thematic structures of the work, with an emphasis on the unique aspects of Beach's compositional style that make this concerto significant.

ISBN

9780599853492

Pages

82

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