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Shostakovich wrote his String Quartet No.3 in F Major, Op.73 in 1946 at the age of forty, right after the Second World War and not long after the completion of his Ninth Symphony. The Third Quartet is a large, symphonic work and is known as one of the compositions with which Shostakovich was the most pleased. It not only shows Shostakovich's absolute mastery as a chamber music composer skillfully deploying the string quartet to convey his entirely distinctive musical personality, but also shows many of his compositional characteristics. This treatise will provide a historical background and the influences on the Third Quartet, along with a brief biography of the composer and information on his string quartets. In addition, the quartet will be analyzed using traditional descriptive procedures providing insights into possible interpretive strategies based on a comparison of selected recordings by three notable string quartet ensembles.
A Treatise submitted to the College of Music in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Music.
Includes bibliographical references.
Pamela Ryan, Professor Directing Treatise; Evan Allan Jones, University Representative; Eliot Chapo, Committee Member; Alexander Jiménez, Committee Member.
Florida State University
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