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The viola duo repertoire (for two violas alone) from the second half of the eighteenth century includes over one hundred and ten compositions written by approximately ten composers. Today, the most known and performed viola duos of that era are the Three Duets for Two Violas by Wilhelm Friedemann Bach (1710-1784). These pieces display a compositional style closer to Baroque period, rich in imitative writing and fugues, and little of the progressive writing, characteristic to the Enlightenment. W. F. Bach's viola duos hold a much deserved place in the duo literature, however, few gems of viola duos have been excluded from recital program and standard repertoire for viola. This study will examine the unaccompanied viola duos by Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, Pietro Nardini (1722-1793), Félix-Jean Prot (1747-1823), Alessandro Rolla (1757-1841), Carl Siegemund Schönebeck (1758-1800?), Carl Stamitz (1745-1801), Franz Xaver Sterkel (1750-1817), and Christian Stumpff (1737-1801?) and will attempt to identify the works with the most effective pedagogical or artistic use. The present project includes works originally written for two violas; other transcriptions or arrangements are not included.
eighteenth century, pedagogy, viola, viola duets, viola duos
Date of Defense
April 9, 2015.
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; Greg Sauer, Committee Member; Corinne Stillwell, Committee Member.
Florida State University
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