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The purpose of this treatise is to provide a critical analysis of Luigi Legnani's 36 Valses Di Difficoltá Progressiva, Op. 63, by exploring the progressive technical and musical elements in the work. The first chapter provides a brief biographical sketch of Legnani and identifies his activities as a performer, luthier, and composer. His lack of representation in modern guitar repertoire and pedagogy is also discussed. Chapter two creates a compositional profile of Legnani and provides brief survey of his known works. An analysis of Legnai's Metodo Per Imparare a Conoscere La Musica e Suonare La Chitarra, Op. 250, is provided and compared with the guitar methods written by Fernando Sor and Mauro Giuliani. The third chapter provides a historical perspective for Legnani's Op. 63 by identifying the place of the Waltz genre in western musical tradition and in the repertoire for guitar. Chapter four gives a complete analysis of the technical and musical components found in Legnani's collection of waltzes. The progressive nature of these waltzes is discussed from both a performance and pedagogical viewpoint, and identified in other concert works by Legnani. Chapter five presents a comparison of early romantic guitar waltzes by Matteo Carcassi, Mauro Giuliani, Dionisio Aguado and Luigi Legnani. The stylistic differences and compositional aesthetics of these composers are examined in the context of these waltzes. The conclusion of the fifth chapter is a statistical analysis of specific technical and musical components found in Legnani's waltzes. The sixth chapter concludes this treatise with insight drawn from the research and analysis presented in the previous five chapters.
A Treatise submitted to the College of Music in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Music.
Includes bibliographical references.
Bruce Holzman, Professor Directing Treatise; Leo Welch, University Representative; Pamela Ryan, Committee Member.
Florida State University
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