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The Opus 41 Vocalises of Nikolai Medtner: Background, Analysis, and Performer's Guide

Abstract The concert vocalise, a dazzling wordless vocal etude intended for performance, is largely a phenomenon of the twentieth century. Made famous by composers such as Sergei Rachmaninoff and Maurice Ravel, the concert vocalise is generally a short, non-programmatic work with a relatively simple form. In contrast, Nikolai Medtner’s two monumental Op. 41 vocalises, the Sonata-Vocalise mit einem Motto “Geweihter Platz and the Suite Vocalise, are staggering in their length and formal complexity. They are also programmatically conceived, sharing the Goethe poem “Geweihter Platz” as their inspiration.

The innovation of adding a textual element to a traditionally textless genre introduces a tantalizing new layer of complexity that demands further ... (more)
Created Date 2017
Contributor Uhl, Nathan Leonard (Author) / Campbell, Andrew (Advisor) / Carpenter, Ellon (Advisor) / FitzPatrick, Carole (Committee member) / Ryan, Russell (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Music / Medtner / Op. 41 / Sonata-Vocalise / Suite Vocalise / Vocalise
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 127 pages
Language English
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Note Doctoral Dissertation Music 2017
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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