Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Rachmaninoff's Sonata For Cello and Piano: A Staple in the Cello and Piano Repertoire
by Bogenreif, Connor, M.M., California State University, Long Beach, 2017, 32; 10260994
Abstract (Summary)

Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff is known for his extremely challenging writing for the piano. While his Sonata for Cello and Piano challenges the pianist in ways that are typical of Rachmaninoff, the sweeping melodic lines, lyricism, and challenges in musicality and collaboration make this piece an integral part of the repertoire of both instruments. Having been described as a “piano concerto in all but name,” this paper supports the validity of Rachmaninoff’s Sonata for Cello and Piano for both cello and piano by examining its context in his life, analyzing its reception history, and dissecting the challenges the piece poses to both instruments, whether technical or musical.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Simeonov, Simeon, Talberg, Jonathan
Commitee: Hickman, Roger, Richey, Craig
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Bob Cole Conservatory of Music
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 56/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Music, Performing Arts
Keywords: Cello, Piano, Rachmaninoff, Sergei, Russia, Sonata
Publication Number: 10260994
ISBN: 9781369698398
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