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Thesis (M.M.)—University of Nebraska—Lincoln, 1953. Department of Music.


Copyright 1953, the author. Used by permission.


The purpose of this thesis is to present another approach to the writing of music for the viola and to evolve some conclusions regarding this system. The method that is used in the compositions is that of finger patterns. In presenting this method, the writer has chosen to illustrate this principle of writing compositions for the viola. It should be added that it is feasible for such a system of finger patterns to be adapted to other instruments of the orchestra as well. The piano accompaniments are not concerned with finger patters, but follow conventional musical forms, harmonization, and rhythms which are in support of the viola part.

Advisor: Emanuel Wishnow