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Over the course of the past few decades, the guitar works of J.K. Mertz have become popular amongst performing guitarists. In particular, Fantaisie Hongroise, Op. 65, No.1 has seen a meteoric rise both to the concert and competition stage. This music lies firmly within the musical idiom of style hongrois, alongside such other iconic works as Johannes Brahms's Hungarian Dances and Franz Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsodies. To date, no scholarly research has been conducted regarding Mertz with the purpose of placing his contributions within the style hongrois, nor has there been any attempt to identify the particular stylistic devices that make it so. The aim of this document is threefold. First, to provide a brief overview of the style hongrois to provide historical perspective. Secondly, to illustrate key points of usage of the style hongrois by both Liszt and Brahms in order to form a comparative baseline. Lastly, to examine the Fantaisie Hongroise, identify stylistic elements, and provide some context for the piece based upon both technical considerations and musical input from a broader understanding of the style hongrois.
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; James Mathes, Outside Committee Member; Melanie Punter, Committee Member.
Florida State University
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