Music, School of


First Advisor

Dr. Pamela F. Starr

Second Advisor

Dr. Peter M. Lefferts

Third Advisor

Dr. Diane C. Barger

Date of this Version

Summer 7-29-2021


Ludwig, Jacob R. "MOZART'S OPERAS FOR HARMONIE: THREE CONTEMPORARY ARRANGEMENTS COMPARED." MM thesis., University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2021.


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 Professor Pamela F. Starr. Lincoln, Nebraska: August, 2021

Copyright © 2021 Jacob R. Ludwig


This thesis examines three approaches to arranging Mozart's operas for Harmonie by Johann Nepomuk Went, Josef Triebensee, and Joseph Heidenreich through an analysis of selections from their arrangements. It consists of two chapters. Chapter One discusses the historical background of the Harmonie ensemble in Vienna and an introduction to the complicated publishing history of Mozart's original works for the Harmoniemusik ensemble. A summary of the scant biographical information about the three arrangers of the works to be studied concludes Chapter One. Chapter Two covers the arrangements of Mozart's operas by Johann Nepomuk Went, Josef Triebensee, and Joseph Heidenreich. The Harmonie arrangements of Mozart's operas made by Went, Triebensee, and Heidenreich provide vital information in analyzing the writing style of Harmoniemusik at the end of the eighteenth century.

Advisor: Pamela F. Starr

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