Publication Date



Open access

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Degree Type

Doctoral Essay

Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)


Keyboard Performance (Music)

Date of Defense


First Committee Member

Paul Posnak

Second Committee Member

Santiago Rodriguez

Third Committee Member

Naoko Takao

Fourth Committee Member

Juan Chattah


Although Alberto Ginastera composed many works for the piano, this study will only address his sonatas. There are two reasons for this. Firstly, Ginastera’s collection of sonatas displays a broad spectrum of his compositional technique and harmonic language and also tracks the evolution of his compositional style, making it a suitable representation of his piano music and a perfect subject for a performance guide to his music. Secondly, the comparison of the popular first sonata and the relatively-unknown Second and Third Piano sonatas makes this performance guide an opportunity for performers to more fully explore Ginastera’s piano output. The objectives of this study are: 1) to provide a detailed performance guide for pianists who are exploring Ginastera’s piano works, especially focusing on, though not limited to, his sonatas, and 2) to encourage fellow pianists to include these works in their repertoire, especially the under-played Piano Sonatas nos. 2 and 3. In order to achieve these goals, this study examines these sonatas in depth, both historically and musically, and includes a recording of the First Piano Sonata by the author as an addendum to the study.


Ginastera; Piano; Sonatas; Performance; Guide

01 Ginastera Sonata No.1 I.m4a (7501 kB)
Alberto Ginastera Piano Sonata No.1, op. 22, I. Allegro marcato

02 Ginastera Sonata No.1 II.m4a (5173 kB)
Alberto Ginastera Piano Sonata No.1, Op. 22, II. Presto misterioso

03 Ginastera Sonata No.1 III.mp3 (5081 kB)
Alberto Ginastera Piano Sonata No.1, Op.22, III. Adagio molto appassionato

04 Ginasera Sonata No.1 IV.mp3 (2645 kB)
Alberto Ginastera Piano Sonata No.1, Op.22, IV. Ruvido ed ostinato