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George Rochberg’s Caprice Variations for Unaccompanied Violin

Title: George Rochberg’s Caprice Variations for Unaccompanied Violin: An Analytical Overview and a Performance Study Guide.
Name(s): Kim, Hojin, author
Jiménez, Alexander, 1963-, professor directing treatise
Jones, Evan Allan, university representative
Punter, Melanie L., committee member
Sauer, Greg, committee member
Florida State University, degree granting institution
College of Music, degree granting college
College of Music, degree granting department
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2014
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource (68 pages)
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: The purpose of this treatise is to analyze the Caprice Variations for Unaccompanied Violin (1970) by George Rochberg from a performer's perspective. The Caprice Variations amalgamates many historical compositional styles that require a performer's musical understanding and technical capabilities. To provide insight into Rochberg's compositions, Chapter Two gives a biographical review of his life. Tragedy, such as his son's death, provoked his musical style to shift from an atonal to a tonal language. Emerging from this event in his life, Rochberg's work was strongly influenced by earlier composers. This treatise will trace how Rochberg transformed music from influential composers into his modern compositions. The Caprice Variations include eleven quoting works from Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert, Mahler and Webern. The remaining forty non-quoting variations are arranged by musical style in Chapter One, Table 1.1. The table also includes a summary of the fifty-one variations and is organized with the following headings: Quoting and Non-quoting, Timing, Tempo Marking, Music Example, Techniques, and Performance Recommendations. In summary, this treatise analyzes the Caprice Variations from a theoretical and a performance perspective. This treatise will offer interpretations based on the writer's experience as a violinist, providing students a valuable resource to study and perform Rochberg's work.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-9200 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Treatise submitted to the College of Music in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Music.
Degree Awarded: Fall Semester, 2014.
Date of Defense: October 14, 2014.
Keywords: Caprice Variations, George Rochberg
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Alexander Jiménez, Professor Directing Treatise; Melanie Punter, Committee Member; Gregory Sauer, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Music
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Owner Institution: FSU

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