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Stanley V. Kleppinger

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Rice, Kathryn L. "Tonal Procedures in Lowell Liebermann's Concerto for Piccolo and Orchestra ." MM Thesis, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2017.


A THESIS Presented to the Faculty of The Graduate College at the University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of Requirements For the Degree of Master of Music, Major: Music, Under the Supervision of Dr. Stanley V. Kleppinger. Lincoln, Nebraska: May 2017

Copyright (c) 2017 Kathryn L. Rice


This thesis seeks to impart how Lowell Liebermann incorporates common practice tonal elements into his twentieth-century Concerto for Piccolo. This will be shown through a detailed analysis of the three-movement work highlighting how the composer uses characteristics of common practice tonality as compiled by Joseph Straus in the third edition of his text, Introduction to Post-Tonal Theory. This document is organized into five sections. The first explains background information on the concerto as well as presents the parameters to be used for the analysis. The second through fourth sections provide an analysis of each movement in chronological order, detailing how the characteristics for tonality are used or if they are dismissed in favor of more contemporary compositional techniques. The final section provides an overview of the tonal attributes of the entire work based on the detailed analyses provided for each movement. The closing statement aims to round out the discussion and reiterate why this concerto is a valuable addition to the piccolo’s repertoire.

Advisor: Stanley V. Kleppinger

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