Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Carl Czerny: An underappreciated piano composer and his Variations Brillantes, opus 14
by Chou, Chia-Jung, M.M., California State University, Long Beach, 2012, 47; 1520858
Abstract (Summary)

Known mostly for his etudes and exercises, Carl Czemy's concert music is often neglected and seldom performed in recitals. Some of his works, such as Variations Brillantes, Opus 14, deserve more recognition for their musical quality and content. Recognized as a gifted pianist and taught by some of the most celebrated masters in music, Czemy chose not to pursue a career as a performing virtuoso. Rather, he devoted his life to teaching and composing, eventually becoming one of the most productive composers of all time. While staggering in volume, Czemy's works were popular during his time, followed by nearly two centuries of neglect. This thesis explores possible reasons for the disparate popularity, followed by a structural analysis, and performance suggestions for Variations Brillantes, Opus 14, aiming to show Czemy's works deserve the same attention as those by better known composers.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Chou, Shun-Lin
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 51/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Music
Publication Number: 1520858
ISBN: 978-1-267-70255-5
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