Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Nostalgia and escapism: Interpreting Edward Elgar's Cello Concerto
by O'Neall, Eileen, M.M., California State University, Long Beach, 2016, 25; 10161883
Abstract (Summary)

Edward Elgar’s music is often known for its nostalgic qualities. His personal correspondence provide the main avenue to understanding his life and music. He would often reminisce in his letters about distant childhood memories and happier times from the past. While Elgar rarely directly references his music in his letters, scholars have noted that Elgar’s tendency to reminisce is also apparent in his musical works. Retrospection in Elgar’s music is evident through two categories: escapism and nostalgia, two concepts that have yet to be systematically applied to Elgar’s cello concerto. After outlining the concerto’s context through letters, this project report will describe the compositional devices of escapism and nostalgia as seen in Elgar’s cello concerto.

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Advisor: Simeonov, Moni
Commitee: Brown, Richard, Jun, Joon-Sung, Muller-Stosch, Johannes
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Bob Cole Conservatory of Music
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 56/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Music
Keywords: Cello, Concerto, Elgar, Edward, England, Escapism, Nostalgia
Publication Number: 10161883
ISBN: 978-1-369-16745-0
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