Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Formal organization in ground-bass compositions
by Stevens, Bryan, M.A., University of North Texas, 2015, 96; 10034750
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis examines formal organization in ground-bass works. While it is true that many or even most works of the ground-bass repertoire are variation sets over a ground, there also exist many ground-bass works that are not in variation form. The primary goal of this thesis is to elucidate the various ways in which such non-variation formal organizations may be achieved. The first chapter of this work discusses the general properties of ground basses and various ways that individual phrases may be placed in relation to the statements of the ground. The second chapter considers phrases groupings, phrase rhythm, and the larger formal organizations that result. The third chapter concludes this study with complete analyses of Purcell’s “When I am laid in earth” from Dido and Aeneas and Delanade’s “Jerusalem, convertere ad dominum Deum tuum” from his setting of the Leçons de ténèbres.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Slottow, Stephen
Commitee:
School: University of North Texas
Department: Music
School Location: United States -- Texas
Source: MAI 55/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Music
Keywords: Form analysis, Ground bass, Music theory, Schenherian analysis
Publication Number: 10034750
ISBN: 978-1-339-53845-7
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