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.
|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|
|Subjects:||Music, Performing Arts|
|Keywords:||Cello, Piano, Rachmaninoff, Sergei, Russia, Sonata|
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