As of 2014, all newly submitted Graduate Center dissertations and theses appear in Academic Works shortly after graduation. Some works are immediately available to read and download, and some become available after an embargo period set by the author. Dissertations and theses from before 2014 are generally accessible only to the CUNY community, but some authors have chosen to make theirs open access.

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Dissertations from 2021

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The Quartet’s Death: Embodiment, Performativity, and Physicality in Heinz Holliger’s 1973 String Quartet, Vicente Alexim

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The Art of Listening: A Conversational Approach to Lecture Recitals, Javor Bracic

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“Leisure with Decorum”: Gentlemen Making Music in the Georgian era, Lidia A. Chang

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Salvatore Sciarrino's Sei Capricci for Solo Violin: Analysis and Performance Guide, Caroline Eva Chin

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Between Occitania and Al-Andalus: Reconsidering the Emergence of Troubadour Melody Through Algorithmic Analysis, Veronica Maria da Rosa Guimaraes

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Astor Piazzolla's Cinco piezas para guitarra: A Performer's Guide to the "Unwritten", Federico J. Díaz Páez

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Gendering the Virtual Space: Sonic Femininities and Masculinities in Contemporary Top 40 Music, Michèle Duguay

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The Singing Self: An Exploration of Vocality and Selfhood in Contemporary Vocal Practice, Emily C. Eagen

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Listen Like This: Audiovisual Argument in Rockumentary, Lindsey Eckenroth

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Indian Classical Music in the New York Metropolitan Area: The Development of a Transnational Ecosystem, Andre Fludd

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For the Love of Inner Voices: Miriam Gideon, Orchestration, and Fortunato, Whitney E. George

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Princess Maleine, Whitney E. George

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The American Symphony Orchestra Today: Problems in Community, Diversity, and Representation, Hilary Slade Jansen

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A Schema-Theoretic Approach to Hierarchy in Eighteenth-Century Tonality, Simon K. S. Prosser

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Extracting Theory from Practice: A Computational Analysis of the Persian Radif, Sepideh Shafiei

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Plainchant Accompaniment and Modal Harmony in Nineteenth-Century France, Ruka Shironishi

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Performing Empowerment: Children's Rights and Musical Participation in Dakar, Senegal, Lynne Stillings

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The Making of an Avant-gardist: A Study of Rafael Aponte-Ledée’s Early Life and Works (1957–1966), Noel Torres-Rivera

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Emulating the "Country Fiddler": A Performance Analysis of Fiddle Parodies and Impressions in Charles Ives's Second Violin Sonata, Emily Vold Weiss

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New Chinese Music in New York City: From Revival to Musical Transnationalism, Serena Yiai Wang

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Teaching Choral Music of the African Diaspora in the United States: Toward a “Living Black History”, H. Roz Woll

Dissertations from 2020

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Encounters: System for Creative Improvisation, Drake R. Andersen

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The Limits of Indeterminacy: The Performance and Analysis of Selected Indeterminate Compositions by John Cage and Earle Brown, Drake R. Andersen

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A Heavy Rain Has Fallen Upon My People: Sindhi Sufi Poetry Performance, Emotion, and Islamic Knowledge in Kachchh, Gujarat, Brian E. Bond

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All Day in the Trey-Fold: Sound, Objecthood, and Place in the Mixtapes of DJ Screw, Matthew K. Carter

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Corporeal Analysis: The Performing Body as Analytic Site, Laura Cocks

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“From The Heart, May It Go To The Heart”: Liturgy and Embodiment in Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, Brigid J. Coleridge

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International Influence on the Development and Reception of Cello Playing in England, 1870–1930: Robert Hausmann, Auguste Van Biene, and Guilhermina Suggia, Hannah E. Collins

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The Modes of Intervention in Alvin Lucier’s I Am Sitting in a Room, Daniel Fox

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Coltrane Plays the Blues: Multi-Level Coherence and Stylistic Tendencies, Lukas Gabric

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Chinese Aesthetics and Performance Practice in Three Works for Piano by Chen Yi: Tunes from My Home, Northern Scenes, and Four Spirits, Cong Ji

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Mashing through the Conventions: Convergence of Popular and Classical Music in the Works of The Piano Guys, Alina Kiryayeva

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Martial Caillebotte’s Mélodies and Scènes Lyriques: Analytical Essays and Performance Guide, Dominique McCormick

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The Performance and Patronage of Baloch Culture through Music (and Related Arts) in the Eastern Arabian Peninsula, George Murer

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Macroharmony in Ligeti's Etudes, Book 3, Nicolas Namoradze

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Audio Quality as Content: Everyday Criticism of the Lo-fi Format, Elizabeth Newton

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Two Cello Works of Pēteris Vasks: Structure, Symbolism, and Identity, Caroline Bean Stute

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Object-Oriented Musicology: Some Implications of Graham Harman's Philosophy for Music Theory, History, and Criticism, Eric Taxier

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Occitan Musicians, Immigration, and Postcolonial Regionalism in Southern France, Sarah E. Trouslard

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The Mutability of the Score: An Examination of the Value of Score Alteration in Virtuosic Piano Repertoire, Wayne Weng

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Korngold’s Compositional Style: A Comparison of his Violin Concerto and the film scores of Another Dawn, Anthony Adverse, and The Prince and the Pauper, Ji in Yang

Dissertations from 2019

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Piano at the Conservatoire de Paris During the Interwar Period: A Study in Pedagogy and Performance Practice, Audrey Abela

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Music and Jewish Practice in Contemporary Istanbul: Preserving Heritage, Bending Tradition, Joseph M. Alpar

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Cyber-Narrative in Opera: Three Case Studies, Naomi Barrettara

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Reimagining the Flute Masterclass: Case Studies Exploring Artistry, Authority, and Embodiment, Sarah Carrier

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Baroque Pianism: Perspectives on Playing Baroque Keyboard Music on the Piano, with Emphasis on Bach’s Fugues in the Well-Tempered Clavier, Chih-tung Cheng

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Meaning Beyond Words: A Musical Analysis of Afro-Cuban Batá Drumming, Javier Diaz

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The Incorporated Hornist: Instruments, Embodiment, and the Performance of Music, M. Elizabeth Fleming

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Afro-Cuba Transnational: Recordings and the Mediation of Afro-Cuban Traditional Music, Johnny Frias

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Poems to Open Palms: Praise Performance and the State in the Sultanate of Oman, Bradford J. Garvey

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The Musical World of Joseph Rumshinsky’s Mamele, D. A. Geller

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Women's Contributions to Viola Repertoire and Pedagogy in the Twentieth Century: Rebecca Clarke, Lillian Fuchs, and Rosemary Glyde, Eva R. Gerard

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Early Twentieth Century Vocal Performance Practice and the French School: An Exploration of the Lectures and Selected Songs by Reynaldo Hahn, Mary P. Hubbell

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Support vs. Steady Airflow: The Effect of Two Different Instructions on Subglottal Pressure, Sound Pressure Level, and Airflow Rate during Singing and Speaking, Sunyoung Kim

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Sighs of the German People: An Emotional History of Musical Sigh-Compositions during the Thirty Years War (1618–1648), Thomas Marks

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Chamber Music, Cyclic Form, and the Ideal of the Absolute in French Music and Literature, 1890–1918, Naomi Perley

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Johann Nauwach's Teütscher Villanellen: A Critical Performance Edition with Performance Practice Commentary, Christopher Pfund

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Music Making in Iran: Developments Between the Sixteenth and Late Nineteenth Centuries, Amir Hosein Pourjavady

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Exploring Political Action and Socialization through Group Improvisation within the Music of Frederic Rzewski and Cornelius Cardew, Marcel Rominger

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Performing Rhythmic Dissonance in Ligeti’s Études, Book 1: A Perception-Driven Approach and Re-notation, Imri Talgam

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Leonora Duarte (1610–1678): Converso Composer in Antwerp, Elizabeth A. Weinfield

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Analyzing Harmonic Polarities: A Tonal Narrative Approach, Stephen J. Whale

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Tonicizations, Periods, and Period-Like Structures in the Music of Dvořák, Xieyi Zhang

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Ruin Sound: Audio Afterlives, Reenactment, and Remembrance in the 21st Century, Maria Edurne Zuazu

Dissertations from 2018

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The Exegetical Function of the Conductus in MS Egerton 2615, Dongmyung Ahn

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Splendid Disarray: The Music of Andrew McKenna Lee, Nina Berman

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Rachmaninoff and the Flexibility of the Score: Issues Regarding Performance Practice, Tanya Gabrielian

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Musicking, Discourse, and Identity in Participatory Media Fandom, Aya Esther Hayashi

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Analyzing Genre in Post-Millennial Popular Music, Thomas Johnson

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Climax Structure in Late Romantic Opera, Ji Yeon Lee

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A Performance Analysis of Scriabin’s Early Piano Works: Sonata-Fantaisie (1886), Allegro Appassionato, Allegro De Concert, and Fantaisie, Soyeon K. Lee

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The Musicality of Salsa Dancers: An Ethnographic Study, Janice Mahinka

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Sunken II Chords and Inwardness: A Correspondence Complex in Robert Schumann’s Liederjahr Songs, Alexander J.J. Martin

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Strauss and the City: The Reception of Richard Strauss’s Salome, Elektra, and Der Rosenkavalier within New York City, 1907–1934, Christopher G. Ogburn

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Leonard Bernstein's Piano Music: A Comparative Study of Selected Works, Leann Osterkamp

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A Performer’s Guide to Astor Piazzolla's Tango-Études pour flûte seule: An Analytical Approach, Asis Reyes

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Unusual Accidental Signs, Microtonal Inflections, and Marchetto of Padua, Alan D. Richtmyer

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A Pedagogical Study of the "Four Lauds for Solo Violin" by Elliott Carter, Heesun Shin

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An Exploration and Analysis of the Unaccompanied Viola Sonatas of Günter Raphael, Gregory K. Williams

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The Son Jarocho Revival: Reinvention and Community Building in a Mexican Music Scene in New York City, Emily J. Williamson

Dissertations from 2017

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The Analysis of Musical Dramaturgy in Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Danielle J. Bastone

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Constructions of New England Identity and Place in American Music, 1885-1935, Jacob A. Cohen

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Music in Haredi Jewish Life: Liquid Modernity and the Negotiation of Boundaries in Greater New York, Gordon A. Dale

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William Bolcom’s "Twelve New Etudes" (1988): Theoretical and Interpretative Analysis, Ran Dank

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Spectacular Politics and Everyday Performance: Tracing Music from Ceauşescu’s Romania to Multicultural America, Benjamin Dumbauld

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Reimagining the Collective: Black Popular Music and Recording Studio Innovation, 1970-1990, Will Fulton

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The Varieties of Tone Presence: On the Meanings of Musical Tone in Twentieth-Century Music, Aaron Harcus

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Solo Performance: An Extension of Vocal Pedagogy, Monica J. Harte

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Interval Cycles in György Kurtág’s Post-Dodecaphonic Late Music, Ramin Heydarbeygi

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String Quartet No. 2, Ramin Heydarbeygi

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The Performance Conversation: A Pragmatic, Curricular Approach to Speaking from the Stage, Barrett J. Hipes

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Heinrich Schenker’s Early Approach to Form, 1895–1921: Implications for His Late Work and Its Reception, Jason A. Hooper

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"Toccatas and Arias": Analysis and Historical Context of Vivian Fine’s Last Work for Solo Piano, Manon Hutton-DeWys

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From Protest Song to Social Song: Music and Politics in Colombia, 1966-2016, Joshua Katz-Rosene

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Worlds of If: Analyses of the Composed and Improvised Works of Robert Dick, Melissa Keeling

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Mahlerian Tonality: Challenges to Classical Foreground Structures in the Music of Gustav Mahler, Ryan Kosseff-Jones

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A New Approach to the Analysis of Timbre, Megan L. Lavengood

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Gustave Vogt's Musical Album of Autographs: A Scholarly Edition, Kristin Leitterman

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A Performer’s Guide to Joaquín Rodrigo’s Concierto de Estío (1943) in the Context of the Twentieth-Century Spanish Violin Concerto, Eva León

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A Study of Nikolai Medtner's Compositional Technique: Form and Narrative in Tales, Oliver H. Markson