Medtner’s Sonata-ballade : interpreting its dramatic trajectory through virtual subjectivities

dc.contributor.advisorHatten, Robert S.
dc.contributor.advisorNel, Anton
dc.contributor.committeeMemberAntokoletz, Elliott
dc.contributor.committeeMemberRenner, David A
dc.contributor.committeeMemberGilmson, Sophia
dc.contributor.committeeMemberO'Hare, Thomas J
dc.creatorEmerson, Bradley James
dc.creator.orcid0000-0002-0165-8168
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-31T15:28:54Z
dc.date.available2017-05-31T15:28:54Z
dc.date.issued2016-12
dc.date.submittedDecember 2016
dc.date.updated2017-05-31T15:28:54Z
dc.description.abstractAs one of his more programmatic works, Nikolai Medtner’s Sonata-Ballade, Op. 27 exemplifies the composer’s structural mastery of form in framing an expressive narrative. In accounts given by Medtner’s students, the sonata was partly conceived in connection to a religious poem by Fet detailing Christ’s temptation in the desert. His pupils additionally recall an underpinning theme of inner conflict between light and darkness in the human soul. Medtner’s program is indeed a sort of two-tiered narrative, incorporating Fet’s biblical drama within a larger narrative of personal struggle and redemption. In the music, this manifests itself in the form of a variable subjectivity that alternates between a virtual, human protagonist and a scriptural drama. My analysis of the Sonata-Ballade uncovers implicit meanings in Medtner’s use of musical gestures, intertexts, topics, and his employment of genre. In addition, I survey the composer’s symbolic conception of his ‘muse’ to better contextualize the use of an associated leitmotif in the sonata. In these discussions, I support the ongoing reassessment of Medtner as a composer—from once being dismissed as a mere structuralist, to attaining greater recognition for the symbolic and narrative elements incorporated within his formal designs.
dc.description.departmentMusic
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.identifierdoi:10.15781/T2HH6CB82
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/47089
dc.language.isoen
dc.subjectMedtner
dc.subjectNikolai
dc.subjectSonata-ballade
dc.subjectSonata
dc.subjectBallade
dc.subjectOp. 27
dc.subjectSubjectivity
dc.subjectSubjectivities
dc.subjectMuse
dc.subjectVirtual agency
dc.subjectEmbodied agent
dc.subjectEmbodiment
dc.subjectNarrative
dc.subjectNarrativity
dc.subjectIntertextuality
dc.subjectProtagonist
dc.subjectRomantic
dc.subjectDramatic
dc.subjectPiano
dc.subjectGenre
dc.subjectExpressive genre
dc.subjectPastoral
dc.subjectElegy
dc.subjectPastoral-elegy
dc.subjectGesture
dc.subjectTopics
dc.subjectChristianity
dc.subjectScripture
dc.subjectHatten
dc.subjectFet
dc.subjectRussian
dc.subjectInterpretation
dc.subjectHermeneutic
dc.subjectSemiotic
dc.subjectMusical meaning
dc.subjectThe muse and the fashion
dc.titleMedtner’s Sonata-ballade : interpreting its dramatic trajectory through virtual subjectivities
dc.typeThesis
dc.type.materialtext
thesis.degree.departmentMusic
thesis.degree.disciplineMusic
thesis.degree.grantorThe University of Texas at Austin
thesis.degree.levelDoctoral
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Musical Arts

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