A study of the Taiwanese composer Tyzen Hsiao and the performance aspects of his Piano Concerto in C Minor Op 53

Date of Award




Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.)


Music Performance

First Committee Member

Tian Ying - Committee Chair


The primary purpose of this study is to examine the Piano Concerto by Tyzen Hsiao, one of the most important Taiwanese composers. Mr. Hsiao's compositional style is not only influenced by Chopin, Rachmaninoff, and Bartok, but it is also strongly marked by native Taiwanese folk music. Hsiao received a Western musical education in Taiwan, Japan, and America, then stayed in America for eighteen years until 1995.This study includes the composer's biography, the brief history of Taiwan, a general background of Hsiao's life and music, and a discussion of his Piano Concerto Op. 53 in C Minor, including information about pedaling, phrasing, and different styles of approach.This concerto has been performed by numerous pianists, and also gained more popularity in recent years. This essay will enlighten pianists and stimulate them to perform Hsiao's work more extensively, and make this entire work more familiar and accessible to performers.


Biography; Music

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