Publication Date

2011-05-05

Availability

Open access

Embargo Period

2011-05-05

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)

Department

Instrumental Performance (Music)

Date of Defense

2011-04-14

First Committee Member

Ross Harbaugh

Second Committee Member

Paul Wilson

Third Committee Member

Scott Flavin

Fourth Committee Member

Thomas Sleeper

Abstract

The purpose of this essay is to examine Leon Kirchner’s "For Cello Solo" for the preparation of a performance. The score, manuscripts, and recordings were analyzed to better inform the author’s interpretation of the work. Backgrounds for both the piece and the composer are included to illuminate the origins of the work. Additional information was accumulated through interviews with Carter Brey and Maria Kitsopoulos, performers of the work who collaborated with the composer. This essay aims to aid a performer’s preparation and interpretation of the composition by describing the piece’s historical and biographical context, analyzing its compositional design, and addressing specific sound and musicality issues related to the work.

Keywords

Leon Kirchner; Unaccompanied Cello; Cello Solo; Aaron Ludwig; Triptych; Yo-Yo Ma

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