Degree Name

Master of Music

Department or Program



Benyas, Edward


The purpose of this document, in partial fulfillment of the degree requirement for the Master of Music degree in Orchestral Conducting, is to explore the historical, contextual, stylistic, programmatic, and general thematic aspects of the major works performed in a set of two graduate degree recitals which included Claude Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun; Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3, Op. 30 in d; Hector Berlioz’ Symphonie Fantastique; and, Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 4. The works programmed range from early in the Romantic era of western classical music history through the first half of the twentieth-century. Supporting materials are included in several appendices at the end of this document.