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Recent Trends in Piano Duo and Duet Music
Beard, Laura
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Undergraduate Honors Thesis


Among the significant musical works composed and studied in the past fifty years, piano ensemble compositions are among those frequently overlooked. This study focuses on developments in piano duo and duet music, namely those works written since 1950. The five compositions selected represent a broad spectrum of new music for these ensemble genres. The focus of this research is to illustrate notable compositional trends in new music for piano duo and duet. In beginning my research, I gathered suggestions from three internationally known piano duo teams. I developed a preliminary list and interviewed the composers and publishers via email. Five works were chosen based upon unique compositional qualities and availability of materials and resources. The compositions include Barber’s Souvenirs Op. 28 (1952), Corigliano’s Gazebo Dances (1974), Lachert’s Sonata No. 19 (1998), Rubin’s Variations on Deo Gracias (2002), and Tacuchian’s Estruturas Gemeas (1978). While recognizing that these five works are a small representation of contributions to this genre, findings of the study reveal certain similarities, including repetition, utilization of controlled dissonances, updated use of older structural forms, and focus on melodic development. Additionally, the composer’s motivation and selection of title are integral components of the work. ( en )
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Awarded Bachelor of Music; Graduated December 22, 2009 magna cum laude. Major: Music, Emphasis/Concentration: Concentration Outside- Keyboard
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Advisor: Kevin Orr
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College/School: College of Fine Arts
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Legacy honors title: Only abstract available from former Honors Program sponsored database.

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