The Language of Johannes Brahms's Theme and Variation : A Study of His Chamber Works for Strings
The variation movements of Johannes Brahms portray a continuous development of his musical discourse. Regarding variation form, he advocated for formal unity and the important role of the bass throughout his letters. In his music, he invented a language of theme and variation capable of creating new structures through old forms. The present analysis studies Brahms's approach to theme and variation through four representative movements from his chamber works for strings: Op. 18/ii, Op. 36/iii, Op. 67/iv, and Op. 111/ii. Comparing these movements reveals a continuous development of his musical rhetoric in the variation genre. By challenging the historic aesthetics of variation technique through a progressive release of structure, Brahms establishes a discursive, goal-directed language within a recurring framework. He thus asserts his individual voice within a traditional form, contributing to the genre of theme and variation with an ongoing, teleological dialogue.
Pepple, Joanna. (January 2012). The Language of Johannes Brahms's Theme and Variation : A Study of His Chamber Works for Strings (Master's Thesis, East Carolina University). Retrieved from the Scholarship. (http://hdl.handle.net/10342/4010.)
Pepple, Joanna. The Language of Johannes Brahms's Theme and Variation : A Study of His Chamber Works for Strings. Master's Thesis. East Carolina University, January 2012. The Scholarship. http://hdl.handle.net/10342/4010. October 24, 2020.
Pepple, Joanna, “The Language of Johannes Brahms's Theme and Variation : A Study of His Chamber Works for Strings” (Master's Thesis., East Carolina University, January 2012).
Pepple, Joanna. The Language of Johannes Brahms's Theme and Variation : A Study of His Chamber Works for Strings [Master's Thesis]. Greenville, NC: East Carolina University; January 2012.
East Carolina University
Showing items related by title, author, creator and subject.
Henderson, Michael (East Carolina University, 2012)The purpose of this study was to examine how high school and middle school band directors in the state of North Carolina currently implement technology into their band programs. Selection of participants for this study ...
Short Character Pieces for String Quartet and an Analysis of Motivic Development and Evolution of Form in Johann Sebastian Bach's Keyboard Concerto nach Italienischem Gusto, BWV 971 (1735) and Mozart's Piano Sonata, K. 333 (1783) Dosseva, Radina (East Carolina University, 2014)Throughout history there has been much discussion on the evolution of musical forms and structures. There has also been discussion of motivic development as a means of unifying one or more musical compositions. This thesis ...
Herndon, Dallas J (East Carolina University, 2018-07-30)The study of polystylism and its role in the history of music is a relatively new idea; Alfred Schnittke is often regarded as the first true proponent of the term, and the bulk of his compositional output did not begin ...