Date of Degree

2-2020

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

D.M.A.

Program

Music

Advisor

Philip Ewell

Committee Members

Norman Carey

Joseph Straus

Marcy Rosen

Subject Categories

Composition | Music | Musicology | Music Performance | Music Theory

Keywords

Contemporary works for cello, Baltic composers, Minimalism, Neoromanticism, Octatonicism, Nationalism in music

Abstract

This dissertation presents analyses of two compositions for cello by Latvian composer Pēteris Vasks: Grāmata Čellam (1978), for solo cello, and Concerto No. 2, “Klātbūtne” (“Presence,” 2011–2012), for cello and string orchestra. It acquaints readers with defining elements of Vasks’s musical language and relates his music to the concurrent stylistic classifications of Baltic Minimalism and Neoromanticism. The paper also discusses the significance of Vasks’s national identity in his creative process and provides historical context on Latvia.

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