Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A guide to arranging late eighteenth and early nineteenth century Harmoniemusik in an historical style
by Ross, April Marie, D.M.A., University of North Texas, 2015, 101; 10034386
Abstract (Summary)

The wind octet was a popular ensemble of the classical period. In 1782, the Viennese Emperor formed a wind octet which specialized in playing opera arrangements. This music was used primarily as a form of background entertainment for dinners. This guide analyzes and compares the works of several well-known arrangers from the classical period in order to demonstrate arranging styles of the time. The arrangers of the period were often the performers of these various wind octets who were writing specifically for the players in their own ensembles. The style of Mozart’s original wind music is also discussed, in contrast to the arrangements of his works made by others.

This guide is intended for serve performers of today as a tool to learn the art of arranging in an historical style. Idiosyncrasies of the classical-period wind instruments are discussed, as they relate to the style of wind arranging. The role of the contemporary arranger is compared with that of the classical period, and the case is made for the need for more contemporary arrangements of classical works using period arrangers as models.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Scott, John
Commitee:
School: University of North Texas
Department: Music
School Location: United States -- Texas
Source: DAI-A 77/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Music
Keywords: Arranging, Classical period, Harmoniemusik, Historical performance, Mozart, Wind music
Publication Number: 10034386
ISBN: 9781339536828
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