Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)



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Lee Hoiby’s Concerto No. 2 for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 33, completed in 1980, is a welcome addition to the piano concerto repertory. The concerto was first performed June 6, 1980, in Chicago by Lee Hoiby with the American Chamber Symphony conducted by Robert Frisbie. This concerto contains the usual three movements and reflects many stylistic traits of late Romantic music. The purpose of this paper is to provide a stylistic and analytical examination of Lee Hoiby’s Concerto No. 2 for Piano and Orchestra, Op.33. The paper is organized into three chapters. The first chapter includes biographical information about Hoiby, drawn from various articles and dissertations listed in the bibliography, and a brief survey of his piano music and compositional style. His compositional style is examined in terms of counterpoint, harmony, melody, rhythm, motivic unity, and idiomatic piano writing. Chapter Two provides historical background, and examines musical influences and stylistic characteristics of the concerto. The third chapter provides an analysis of the formal, harmonic, and thematic structures of the concerto, with an emphasis on the unique aspects of Hoiby’s compositional techniques which make this concerto significant.



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Constance Carroll

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