Off-campus UNL users: To download campus access dissertations, please use the following link to log into our proxy server with your NU ID and password. When you are done browsing please remember to return to this page and log out.

Non-UNL users: Please talk to your librarian about requesting this dissertation through interlibrary loan.

From Improvisation to Artistry: A Study of The Piano's 12 Sides by Carter Pann

Louis M Claussen, University of Nebraska - Lincoln


Intended as a resource for pianists who may analyze or perform Carter Pann’s The Piano’s 12 Sides, this study provides biographical information on the composer and explores his professional relationship with the pianist for whom it was composed, Joel Hastings. Each piece from The Piano’s 12 Sides is discussed in terms of form, melody, harmony, texture and Pann’s approach to the pianistic compositional idiom. The composition is also examined with regard to extra-musical details and programmatic elements as well as inspiration and dedications that influenced Pann’s compositional process. Correspondence and interviews with the composer reveal the motivation and inspiration behind The Piano’s 12 Sides as well as several other piano, chamber, and large ensemble compositions. This study sheds light on Pann’s solo piano compositions and suggests the importance of considering them as viable additions to the contemporary repertoire for serious pianists.

Subject Area

Musical composition|Music|Performing Arts

Recommended Citation

Claussen, Louis M, "From Improvisation to Artistry: A Study of The Piano's 12 Sides by Carter Pann" (2019). ETD collection for University of Nebraska-Lincoln. AAI13808509.