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This treatise was written to support the composition of an original arrangement of Tosca for violin and piano. There are currently no published transcriptions or arrangements of the opera for this instrument pairing. Tosca, for Violin and Piano is ultimately intended to serve the performing violinist. All of the written aspects of this treatise work to support the composition. This includes a brief discussion of the chosen title, including the use of transcription, arrangement, and paraphrase as specific references to very particular types of composition versus their use as general references to a more encompassing collection of similar works; a brief history of transcriptions; the importance of operatic transcriptions in the violin repertoire and influences in establishing transcription as a musical genre; and, finally, a discussion of operatic transcriptions for violin specifically -- their place in history, trends, and concerns. An analysis of motifs used in the original composition is included, along with thoughts on composing Tosca for violin and piano. Furthermore, a plot synopsis from the opera marked with measure numbers relates specific events to their portrayal in the original arrangement.
A Treatise submitted to the College of Music in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Music.
Includes bibliographical references.
Benjamin Sung, Professor Directing Treatise; James Mathes, University Representative; Alexander Jiménez, Committee Member; Gregory Sauer, Committee Member.
Florida State University
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