George Rochberg’s music has been regarded by some as unoriginal and copied from works of the great composers. His Sonata for Viola and Piano has been regarded as a replication of material from such masters as Beethoven, Bartok, and Mahler.
Through an analysis of this sonata and other works of Rochberg and by an overview of the composition style of influential composers, this document shows ways in which others have guided Rochberg. It also reveals that in this sonata Rochberg has not blatantly imitated any specific piece of music. He has only been influenced by the compositional techniques of the composers he has studied.
This document gives the reader a better understanding of Rochberg’s compositions, specifically his Sonata for Viola and Piano. It displays Rochberg’s ability to combine the skills of other composers with his own in order to create his own voice.
|Commitee:||Felber, Jill, Hsu, Dolores|
|School:||University of California, Santa Barbara|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||DAI-A 71/11, Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||1979, Piano, Rochberg, George, Sonata, Sonata for Viola and Piano, Viola|
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