Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Dr. Shafer Mahoney
Dr. Catherine Coppola
Prof. Shafer Mahoney
Academic Program Adviser
Prof. Pundie Burstein
TWO SUITES FOR SOLO INSTRUMENTS:
Matthew O. Thomas, Composer
This Thesis contains two Suites for Solo Instruments: Suite Médiévale for guitar and Seven Recital Studies for Intermediate Grade for piano solo. The recital studies were conceived as a way to fill a void in music literature for beginning advanced pianists; those students not quite ready for the large works of the masters, but are seeking challenging repertoire beyond the formulaic lesson and recital books. Each of the seven is an example of a different style, form, or theoretical concept. Notes for the performer have been included with recommendations for further study or listening.
Suite Médiévale is a four movement work for solo guitar based generally on medieval dance forms; Lament, Base Dance, Pavane, and Trotto. The suite wavers between introspection and frantic dancing, lyric singing and rhythmic gyration, lament and celebration.
Thomas, Matthew O., "Two Suites for Solo Instruments" (2018). CUNY Academic Works.