An analytical study of the three 1841 variation sets for piano solo by Felix Mendelssohn

Ga Won Kim

Research output: ThesisMaster's Thesis

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Abstract

[Truncated] The subject of this thesis is an analytical study of the three sets of variations for piano solo by Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847); Variations sérieuses Op. 54 in D minor; Theme and Variations Op.82 in E flat major; and Theme and Variations Op.83 in B flat major in the context of the development of the 'Theme and Variations' genre during the Classical and the early Romantic periods.
The thesis firstly presents (in Chapter 1) a brief overview of the development of the keyboard variation genre and discusses an extensive range of variation techniques from the Classical to the early Romantic period. Works in variation form for piano by Mendelssohn's predecessors and contemporaries are also reviewed in Chapter 1. Chapter 2 provides an overview of Mendelssohn's works in variation form including a brief examination of his early keyboard variation works, which are predominantly based on the Classical 'melodic-outline' type.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationMasters
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
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Publication statusUnpublished - 2006

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