Date of Award

Summer 6-15-2018

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)

Department

Music

First Advisor

Margaret McDonald

Second Advisor

Yonatan Malin

Third Advisor

Harumi Rhodes

Abstract

Felix Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio in D Minor, Op. 49 holds an important place in music history. The final edition of the Piano Trio was published in January of 1840, however the original score, which was completed in July of the previous year, has rarely been studied. An important part of the preparation process for any performer is to discern the composer’s intentions to the extent that it is possible—whether or not the performer elects to maintain all original, “authentic” conditions—which includes the close examination of what Christopher Hogwood calls “process” editions. Using an annotated draft edition from 1839 and other primary and secondary sources, I offer insight into the significance of process editions, specifically Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio, the concept of authenticity as it was thoroughly discussed by Taruskin, Sherman, Kerman, and others, and ultimately shed light on how Mendelssohn’s revisions fundamentally shaped the Piano Trio and what performers should understand about the revision process, leading to a more informed performance practice.

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