Date of Degree

1987

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Ph.D.

Program

Music

Advisor

Henry Weinberg

Committee Members

Robert Starer

Sherman Van Solkema

Joel Lester

Leo Kraft

David Olan

Subject Categories

Music

Abstract

Libra (1968), for mixed chamber ensemble, is one of the last works by the Anglo-Spanish composer Roberto Gerhard (1896-1970). Analysis of this work reveals that it employs a variety of compositional techniques, including pitch cells, serialism, folk elements, and structures based primarily on texture and timbre. This multiplicity of means reflects Gerhard's background, which included beginnings in Spanish nationalism and later work as a pupil of Arnold Schoenberg. Libra is unified through the dramatic combination of the various elements, the use of a limited number of motives, and the possible influence of a secret autobiographical program.

Sinfonia Brevis. A work for orchestra (2d1 2 2 2 - 4 2 2 0, timpani, 2 percussionists, strings) in one movement divided into four sections (Andante Moderato, Allegro, Adagio, Allegro), with a duration of approximately 17 minutes.

Comments

Digital reproduction from the UMI microform.

This essay and the original composition, Sinfonia Brevis, together constitute the dissertation but are otherwise unrelated.

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