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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The woodwind quintets of Darius Milhaud with an emphasis on Quintette pour Instruments agrave; vent op. 443
by Keenan, Maureen, D.M.A., City University of New York, 2010, 118; 3426832
Abstract (Summary)

In comparison to other common chamber music genres, such as the string quartet or brass quintet, the woodwind quintet possesses a rather small repertory. Darius Milhaud's (1892-1974) La Cheminée du roi René , op. 206 is a staple in that repertory and his quintets Two Sketches, op. 227 b, and Divertissement, op. 299b are performed occasionally. His final quintet, Quintette pour Instruments à vent, op. 443, is relatively unknown and very seldom performed.

This dissertation investigates three of Darius Milhaud's four woodwind quintets. La Cheminée du roi René and Two Sketches are discussed, and there is a focused examination of his final quintet, Quintette pour Instruments à vent. This quintet is also Milhaud's last opus, completed in the year before his death and dedicated to his wife in honor of the couple's fiftieth anniversary, factors which contribute to the significance of the work.

This study includes a biographical sketch of Milhaud and a discussion of his writings about music as well as other writers' remarks about the composer's music. It contains a brief history of woodwind quintets from the genre's inception to the twentieth century. A previous study's discussion of the form of La Cheminée du roi René is expanded with harmonic insights, and there are thorough formal analyses of Two Sketches and Quintette pour Instruments à vent. Writings about Milhaud's music are reconsidered after the works are discussed.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Saloman, Ora Frishberg
Commitee: Dick, Robert, Graziano, John, O'Donnell, Shaugn
School: City University of New York
Department: Music
School Location: United States -- New York
Source: DAI-A 71/11, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Music
Keywords: Chamber music, France, Milhaud, Darius, Wind quintets
Publication Number: 3426832
ISBN: 978-1-124-29090-4
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