Degree Name

Master of Music

Department or Program



Lenz, Eric


This paper is organized in three parts, for the three works I perform in my graduate recital. This paper investigates the prelude of the E-flat major cello suite by J.S. Bach by outlining its features and comparing the interpretation by multiple performances on cello and guitar. Next, it will examine a few stylistic features of Gabriel Fauré’s first cello sonata in D minor insofar as they relate to earlier repertoire for the cello by the same composer. Finally, it will survey the complicated compositional history of Igor Stravinsky’s re-setting of various eighteenth-century works by multiple composers into a single Suite Italienne, in order to examine the depth of Stravinsky’s creative influence distinct from that of the original composers.