Date of Degree
Joseph N. Straus
Musicology | Music Theory
György Kurtág, 20th century music, string quartet, fragments, modernism, syntax
This dissertation provides a movement-by-movement analysis of György Kurtág’s third string quartet, Officium breve in memoriam Andræ Szervánszky op. 28. While the work is widely celebrated for its wealth of extra-musical associations and allusions, this analysis is primarily oriented towards the music’s internal relationships, with the contention being that such an approach can help clarify and refine the role that reference and allusion plays in the piece. A close reading is given for each of the work’s fifteen movements.
Sandahl, Matthew S., "An Analysis of György Kurtág’s Officium breve in memoriam Andræ Szervánszky for string quartet op. 28" (2022). CUNY Academic Works.
This composition and the paper, "An analysis of György Kurtág's Officium breve in memoriam Andræ Szervánszky op. 28 for string quartet" together constitute the author's dissertation but are otherwise unrelated.