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Composition | Music | Musicology | Music Performance | Music Theory
Contemporary works for cello, Baltic composers, Minimalism, Neoromanticism, Octatonicism, Nationalism in music
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.
Stute, Caroline Bean, "Two Cello Works of Pēteris Vasks: Structure, Symbolism, and Identity" (2020). CUNY Academic Works.