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Self-Directed Learning Strategies for Offenbach’s Grand Concerto (Concerto Militaire) for Violoncello and Orchestra

David Orlando Pira Flórez, University of Nebraska - Lincoln


This document embodies two parts: The first part reviews Jacques Offenbach’s biography, the history behind the Grand Cello Concerto with a brief formal analysis that describes his compositional style, and operatic influences in certain sections from the concerto. The second part includes a comprehensive study with proposed metacognitive and self-regulated approaches, along with applicable etudes and exercises for learning and performing this concerto. The Appendices includes two interviews from Santiago Cañón Valencia, and Jérôme Pernoo, which narrates their experiences on performing this piece, and a Pedagogical Ancestral tree that traces the Franco-German influences from the cello technique that Offenbach experienced during his learning with his teachers.The purpose of this document is to discuss the characteristics, and performance techniques encountered in Offenbach’s Grand Cello Concerto; plus the development of self-directed learning strategies that will help to learn and practice this challenging piece. In order to fully understand the musical context of the concerto, it is important to understand about the life experiences and the musical training that Offenbach received, and how they influenced him in composing his cello concerto.

Subject Area

Music|Performing Arts|Musical performances

Recommended Citation

Pira Flórez, David Orlando, "Self-Directed Learning Strategies for Offenbach’s Grand Concerto (Concerto Militaire) for Violoncello and Orchestra" (2023). ETD collection for University of Nebraska-Lincoln. AAI30488871.