Music, School of


First Advisor

Mark K. Clinton

Second Advisor

Brenda G. Wristen

Third Advisor

Pamela F. Starr

Date of this Version



A DOCTORAL DOCUMENT Presented to the Faculty of The Graduate College at the University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of Requirements For the Degree of Doctor of Musical Arts, Major: Music, Under the Supervision of Professor Mark K. Clinton. Lincoln, Nebraska: March, 2019

Copyright 2019 Louis M. Claussen


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.

Advisor: Mark K. Clinton, DMA