Publication Date



Open access

Embargo Period


Degree Type

Doctoral Essay

Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)


Instrumental Performance (Music)

Date of Defense


First Committee Member

Trudy Kane

Second Committee Member

Margaret A. Donaghue-Flavin

Third Committee Member

Robert A. Weiner

Fourth Committee Member

Deborah Schwartz-Kates


The purpose of this doctoral essay is to create a performer’s guide for two pieces by Italian composer Franco Donatoni: Fili for Flute and Piano (1981) and Midi: due pezzi per flauto (1989). Despite being one of the most prolific composers of music in the mid- to late-twentieth century, Franco Donatoni has been largely overlooked by both scholars and performers. This is especially true in the United States, where Donatoni’s flute music is not well known. This doctoral essay includes a brief biography of Franco Donatoni as well as detailed analysis and performance suggestions for Fili and Midi. Theoretical, technical, as well as stylistic issues are addressed in depth. Through this essay, Donatoni’s flute music will become more accessible to the performer, leading to more performances of these works.


Franco Donatoni; Flute; Performance Guide; Twentieth Century Music; Farah Zolghadr; Trudy Kane; Midi; Fili; Flute Analysis; Flute Performance