Date of Award

1-1-2009

Degree Name

Master of Music

Department

Music

First Advisor

Wagner, Jeanine

Abstract

"Style is the characteristic way elements are treated to form a unique whole" (Meyer, 1996). The major stylistic movements in music are Baroque, Classicism, Romanticism, Neoclassicism, and Modernism. Edvard Grieg is associated with the Romantic movement, however, this ignores the full breadth of his compositional qualities. Scholars studying his final stage have found, in his Songs, Op. 66 and Haugtussa, Op. 67 of the 1890's compositional period, techniques that point forward to Neoclassicism (Horton, 2007). In his Six Songs, Op. 48 of 1884-1889 there are also characteristics of Neoclassicism, as well as Romanticism and Classicism. According to D. Stevens, "Grieg admired Mozart's use of form and harmony, and often used segments as models for his own compositions" (Stevens, 1960). For this reason, a comparison of Op. 48 will be made to Mozart's leider An Chloe and Abendempfindung using a traditional harmonic analysis of the form, melody, harmonic structure, and a textural analysis of the poetry including rhyme scheme and meter.

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