Date of Degree


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Philip Ewell

Committee Members

Sylvia Kahan

Norman Carey

Thomas Sauer

Subject Categories

Composition | Music Performance | Music Theory


Nikolai Medtner, Sonata Romantica


This dissertation focuses on the motivic aspect of Medtner’s Sonata Romantica Op. 53, No. 1. Medtner, in his book, The Muse and the Fashion, has stressed through numerous statements why the initial theme is of utmost importance to him and how the entire work should be derived from the theme. The goal is to trace the journey of Medtner’s themes through the course of the sonata. Using various methods of musical analysis, I will determine whether the theme is indeed the source of latter material found within the sonata.


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