Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A conductor's analytical study of Vincent Persichetti's Symphony for Band (Symphony No.6) Op. 69
by Chester, Michael Wayne, M.M., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2013, 185; 1527626
Abstract (Summary)

The lasting contributions of Vincent Persichetti (1915-1987) to the realm of American classical music are due for a critical reassessment. As a composer, Persichetti wrote several works for the wind band medium, chief among which is his Symphony for Band (Symphony No. 6) Op. 69. From the time of its premier in 1956 and subsequent performances, the Symphony for Band remains as a pinnacle achievement and a fundamental masterwork of the wind band repertoire. This study seeks to analyze the work in the current context from the conductor’s perspective, examining the composer and his compositional techniques. It involves a careful review of scholarship and extensive scrutiny of Persichetti’s manuscripts, including two extant copies of his published rehearsal scores of the Symphony for Band with notes, other marginalia, draft source material, and his personal correspondence.

Because of Persichetti’s tonal syntax, scholars have relegated his compositional style to that of a twentieth-century traditionalist, sometimes considering his works neoclassical. During his lifetime, many critics marginalized his works as the wave of serial and avant-garde composers captured the attention of both academia and the mainstream public. The year 2015 marks the centenary of Persichetti’s birth and it is the hope that this study will encourage scholars of wind band music and American classical music to reassess his works and lead the charge in their resurgence.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Moorhouse, Linda R.
School: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Department: Music
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: MAI 52/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Music
Keywords: 20th century American composers, Persichetti, Vincent, Symphony No 6 Op 69, Symphony for Band, Wind band masterworks
Publication Number: 1527626
ISBN: 978-1-303-83958-0
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