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Telling Tales: The Use of Byron Almén’s Musical Narrative Theory as a Filter for a Performance of Nikolai Medtner’s Sonata-Skazka Op.25 No.1 (1910)

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posted on 20.06.2019, 08:11 by Jenny Lu
My project overlays Byron Almén’s narrative interpretation to Russian composer Nikolai Medtner’s Sonata-Skazka Op.25 No.1 (1910), in response to the discursive implications explicated in its reference to skazka (tale). I question how this piece of non-programmatic music can be interpreted as a discourse. The principal aim of my research is to translate my analytical observations to instil a sense of drama in my performance. In doing so, I facilitate a focused and supported interpretation of Sonata-Skazka that enables a way to penetrate its complex compositional style. I likewise establish a connection between score analyses and performance in a narrative context.

History

Principal supervisor

Joel Crotty

Year of Award

2019

Department, School or Centre

Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music

Course

Master of Arts

Degree Type

MPHIL

Campus location

Australia

Faculty

Faculty of Arts

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