SCHOLARLY PROGRAM NOTES OF SELECTED WORKS BY LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN, RICHARD WAGNER, AND JAMES STEPHENSON III
Master of Music
Department or Program
Benyas, Edward M.
AN ABSTRACT OF THE RESEARCH PAPER OF
JEFFREY CHOW, for the Master of Music degree in MUSIC, presented on APRIL 13, 2017, at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
TITLE: SCHOLARLY PROGRAM NOTES OF SELECTED WORKS BY LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN, RICHARD WAGNER, AND JAMES STEPHENSON III
MAJOR PROFESSOR: Edward Benyas
This document is a compilation of biographical and musical information that serves to inform the audience about the music presented at the graduate recital of Mr. Jeffrey Chow. The works discussed will include Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 36 (1801-02), Richard Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll, WWV 103 (1870), and James Stephenson III’s Celebration Overture (1999). I have studied these in my fourth and final semester here during my graduate studies at the Southern Illinois University of Carbondale, Illinois, and performed them on my graduation recital on March 5, 2017.
The purpose of this document is to provide a better understanding of the repertoire to be performed, including information about the lives and experiences of the composers, and the situations in which these works were composed, all to better serve the listener’s understanding of these works as they are heard. In studying and performing these works, various trends in the development of orchestration, melody, and harmony identify the individuality and creativity in each of these composers.