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William Bolcom's Concerto in D for violin and orchestra (1983) is an important work in the twentieth-century violin repertoire. Bolcom successfully integrates popular music into the classical idiom, constantly seeking to reconcile the divide between the two categories of music. Classically trained violinists interested in the integration of popular styles of music (i.e., ragtime, rhythm-and-blues, bluegrass, among others) into the classical model may want to study this work, as well as Bolcom's other works for violin. The musicians who influenced the work (violinist and dedicatee Sergiu Luca, pianist Paul Jacobs, and jazz violinist Joe Venuti) are also discussed. Performers will benefit from the author's detailed explanations of solutions to technical and musical challenges in the work as well as the resolution of discrepancies between the full score and the published violin and piano reduction. Questions about musical references and notation in the Concerto are also answered in this document.
Twentieth-Century Music, Twentieth-Century Performance Practice, Integrating Popular Music
Date of Defense
March 30, 2007.
A Treatise submitted to the College of Music in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Music.
Includes bibliographical references.
Frank Kowalsky, Professor Directing Treatise; Douglass Seaton, Outside Committee Member; Eliot Chapo, Professor Directing Dissertation; Alexander Jiménez, Committee Member; Pamela Ryan, Committee Member.
Florida State University
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