Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Finding the “Indian” in Amy Beach's Theme and Variations for Flute and String Quartet, op. 80
by Burgess, Stephanie J., M.M., University of North Texas, 2007, 91; 1452035
Abstract (Summary)

Music that is categorized as part of the Indianist movement in American music (ca. 1890-1925) typically evokes Native American culture, ritual, story, or song through compositional gestures. It may also incorporate Native American tunes. Amy Beach (1867-1944) is considered to have composed five Indianist works, but her Theme and Variations for Flute and String Quartet, op. 80 has not been included as one of them. This thesis rethinks categorization of the piece, seeking the “Indian” in it through examination of its gestures, instrumentation, and relationship to contemporary Indianist compositions.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: McKnight, Mark
School: University of North Texas
School Location: United States -- Texas
Source: MAI 46/04M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: American studies, American history, Music, Native Americans, Native studies
Publication Number: 1452035
ISBN: 978-0-549-45748-0
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