Date of Award

Summer 6-15-2018

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)

Department

Music

First Advisor

Yonatan Malin

Second Advisor

Alexandra Nguyen

Third Advisor

Mutsumi Moteki

Abstract

This paper synthesizes biographical information with music analysis to glean a more thorough understanding of Schubert's music, which may influence both performer and audience perspectives. It reveals the importance of Beethoven for Schubert’s late compositional output through a critical review of scholarly discourse, theoretical analysis of “Auf dem Strom,” D. 943 and Piano Trio in E-flat major, Op. 100, D. 929, and a reflection on the connection between composer biography and audience reception. These analyses clearly demonstrate the "Beethovenness" that permeates the works mentioned above. By studying biography in conjunction with traditional musical analysis, otherwise absolute music takes on extra-musical meaning: these pieces represent Schubert’s attempt to establish himself as a celebrated composer in Beethoven’s footsteps.

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