Date of Degree

9-2022

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Ph.D.

Program

Music

Advisor

Kofi Agawu

Committee Members

Joseph N. Straus

Jeff Nichols

Jason Eckardt

Subject Categories

Musicology | Music Theory

Keywords

György Kurtág, 20th century music, string quartet, fragments, modernism, syntax

Abstract

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.

Comments

This paper and the composition, "7 preludes for 'Music can sleep for pierrot ensemble'" together constitute the author's dissertation but are otherwise unrelated.

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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.

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