Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Jean-Michel Damase's "Sonate pour Clarinette et Harpe": A conglomeration of complexity
by Miller, Michael Eugene, M.M., California State University, Long Beach, 2016, 54; 10133998
Abstract (Summary)

Clarinet and harp duets are not performed very often, as the repertoire list is rather meager. They are a product of modernity, with the first significant number of published duets arriving around the turn of the twentieth century, with the piano having already been a very popular partner for the clarinet for 150 years. I have chosen to help solve this problem by providing an analysis of a modern clarinet and harp duet, well known in neither the clarinet nor the harp field. Through an interpretation of Jean-Michel Damase’s Sonate pour Clarinette et Harpe, I focus on the compositional style of Damase to help me provide a deeper understanding of the piece to ultimately bring the clarinet and harp closer to a standard compositional combination.

In a semiotic interpretation, I use the triadic model of Charles Sanders Peirce (representamen, interpretant, and object) to interpret the sign, which I designate as Damase’s compositional style. The union of these three parts provides meaning to the sign.

I use the compositional techniques common between various well-known composers and this sonata to conclude that Damase’s style is a conglomeration of these other composers’ styles. In this interpretation I provide an academic foundation for the compositional style of an obscure composer, and I provide a rich understanding of a complex piece that can hopefully inspire others to discover other clarinet and harp duets.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Barcellona, John
Commitee: Brown, Richard, Goode-Castro, Helen
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: Clarinet, Damase, Jean-Michel, Michael miller, Semiotics, Sonata for clarinet and harp, Sonate pour Clarinette et Harpe
Publication Number: 10133998
ISBN: 9781339925004
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