Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

One mind: Past, present and future George Rochberg's Sonata for Viola and Piano (1979)
by McDonald, Margaret Mary, D.M.A., University of California, Santa Barbara, 2010, 53; 3422648
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Koenig, Robert
Commitee: Felber, Jill, Hsu, Dolores
School: University of California, Santa Barbara
Department: Music
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 71/11, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Music
Keywords: 1979, Piano, Rochberg, George, Sonata, Sonata for Viola and Piano, Viola
Publication Number: 3422648
ISBN: 978-1-124-21990-5
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