Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)
Despite its obscurity, Sinfonietta, Op. 188 by Joachim Raff (1822-1882) is an important chamber work for winds and should find its place more frequently on the concert programs of university wind ensembles. In order to test this hypothesis, I investigate Raff’s biography for evidence that might explain its obscurity while leaving the door open to question that status. Furthermore, I investigate the Sinfonietta from a conductor’s perspective and apply a critique of its artistic merit. Several factors explain Raff’s fall from acclaim; none of them relegate his music to permanent obscurity. Based on the composer’s historical significance, analytical results, and the work’s artistic merit, the Sinfonietta should occupy a more prominent place in the wind ensemble canon.
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Lyon IV, James Fuller, "Joseph Joachim Raff: A Biographical Sketch and a Conductor's Analysis of his Sinfonietta, Op. 188" (2014). LSU Doctoral Dissertations. 2701.