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Thesis (M.M.)—University of Nebraska—Lincoln, 1944. Department of Music.


Copyright 1944, the author. Used by permission.


This analysis of the Schumann Symphonic Etudes will endeavor to show the ways in which the composer has treated a given theme. The bases considered are: harmonic, melodic, rhythmic, and the form in which each Etude is written, in addition to a discussion of the form in which the entire work is cast.

The Variation-form and the Etude are discussed at length in Chapter I, as a thorough understanding of these two terms are deemed necessary for an intelligent comprehension of this work. Chapter II is devoted to a historical account of the Symphonic Etudes, an estimate of their musical value, a detailed analysis of each study, and a concluding discussion of Schumann’s contributions to the Variation-form.

Advisor: Myron Roberts.