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A Style Study of Sergei Rachmaninoff's and Lowell Liebermann's Rhapsodies on a Theme of Paganini
Lee, Ji Young

2015, DMA, University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music: Piano.
This document examines two Rhapsodies on a Theme of Paganini by Russian-American composer-pianist Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943) and American composer Lowell Liebermann (b. 1961). Rachmaninoff borrowed his theme from the set of variations that concludes Paganini’s Twenty-four Caprices for his 1934 Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. For his Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, composed and premiered in 2000, Liebermann employed the Campanella (little bell) theme from the third movement of Paganini’s Violin Concerto No. 2 in B minor, Op. 7 (1826), but he also included the same Paganini theme that Rachmaninoff had borrowed for the end of his own Rhapsody. This document compares and contrasts the two Rhapsodies as it attempts to answer the question of why did Liebermann employ the same title as Rachmaninoff had? Although Liebermann has maintained that Rachmaninoff’s style has not influenced his music, a number of similarities exist between the two works including the use of continuous variation form within a continuous rhapsody, a dance section, comparable rhythmic complexities, the combination of primary and secondary themes, thematic transformation and motivic manipulation, and a humorous and unexpected two-measure cadence.
bruce mcclung, Ph.D. (Committee Chair)
Elisabeth Pridonoff, M.M. (Committee Member)
Eugene Pridonoff, M.M. (Committee Member)
118 p.

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Lee, Ji Young. "A Style Study of Sergei Rachmaninoff's and Lowell Liebermann's Rhapsodies on a Theme of Paganini." Electronic Thesis or Dissertation. University of Cincinnati, 2015. OhioLINK Electronic Theses and Dissertations Center. 21 Jul 2018.

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