The concept of fantasie in two versions of the Carmen fantasie : Sarasate and Waxman

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2006-05

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Park, Sue-jean

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The intention of this study is to show how the fantasia concept is developed in two different versions of the Carmen Fantasie for violin and orchestra, which stem from the original Carmen opera by Bizet. Specifically, I will compare the Sarasate and Waxman creations. How do these composers’ approaches differ in their compositional structure, violinistic idiom, and technical aspects? I will show how these issues are developed in connection with the concept of the "fantasie" genre. One notion to be dealt with is the variational approach, another idea of arrangement or transcription. In addition to the analytical exploration, different scholarly research materials will be used to establish a broader historical background, that is, composers’ careers and musical thought, violinistic development in the genre, and the immediate history of these compositional creations.

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