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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A performer's guide to Robert Schumann's "Kreisleriana", Op. 16: The confluence of literature, alter egos, and composition
by Bagaygay, Restilito, M.M., California State University, Long Beach, 2016, 45; 10111158
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis investigates the relationship between E. T. A. Hoffman and Robert Schumann's alter egos and the latter's composition, Kreisleriana , Op. 16. The work is influenced by E. T. A. Hoffman's character, Johannes Kreisler, and also littered with Schumann's literary pen names, thus causing the piece to seem fragmented. Along with this, a number of technical difficulties arise and choices of musical interpretation become vague. Although there are a number of studies on the relationship of Schumann's alter egos with his musical works, there are a lack of existing sources regarding possible methods of tackling the difficulties that arise from interpreting the various personalities into his music. Therefore, the motivations of this thesis are: to analyze the alter egos of Robert Schumann's and E. T. A. Hoffman's alter egos, identify the sections in Kreisleriana that convey these personalities, investigate musical interpretations, and present possible remedies to technical demands.

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Advisor: Chou, Shun-Lin
Commitee: Briggs, Ray, Richey, Craig
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Bob Cole Conservatory of Music
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 55/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Music
Keywords: Germany, Hoffmann, E. T. A., Kreisleriana, Performance, Schumann, Robert
Publication Number: 10111158
ISBN: 978-1-339-74368-4
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