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The chamber music of George Whitefield Chadwick


1998 1998

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George Whitefield Chadwick (1854-1931) was an American composer of the Second New England School who, along with his contemporaries, gave shape to an "American" musical style. Although his symphonic music and stage works are beginning to be recorded and valued for the integrity of their construction and pioneering spirit they occupy in the history of American music, this is not true of his body of chamber music. While the number of chamber pieces is not large, their quality is high. They are certainly among the best which the New Englanders produced, yet they have been largely ignored.

Chadwick's chamber works include five string quartets, one piano quintet, and two short pieces scored for 'cello (or violin) and piano. It is the purpose of this dissertation to discuss this music against the backdrop of the other composers writing chamber music in the Boston-New England area at the turn of the century, to analyze its form and structure from a theoretical perspective, to discuss the prominent techniques used by Chadwick in the composition of his music, to analyze what musical influences shaped the style of Chadwick, and to look at his role as a music educator in America.

This dissertation will also analyze the place which Chadwick occupies in the movement toward a truly American style, free from the subservience to European music, which occurred later in the twentieth century.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Music;
Music education;
Biographies;
Education history
Classification
0413: Music
0522: Music education
0304: Biographies
0520: Education history
Identifier / keyword
Communication and the arts; Education; Language, literature and linguistics; Chadwick, George Whitefield; Chamber music
Title
The chamber music of George Whitefield Chadwick
Author
Nigro, Christie Blanche
Number of pages
451
Publication year
1998
Degree date
1998
School code
0118
Source
DAI-A 59/07, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
0591960605, 9780591960600
Advisor
Heffernan, Charles
University/institution
University of Massachusetts Amherst
University location
United States -- Massachusetts
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
9841902
ProQuest document ID
304439269
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304439269
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