Date of Award

Spring 5-9-2019

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)



First Advisor

Daphne Leong

Second Advisor

David Korevaar

Third Advisor

Laurie Sampsel


Maurice Ravel’s Sonatine is a strikingly brief and internally cohesive musical achievement. A Schoenberg-style motivic analysis reveals that this cohesiveness is achieved through an economical treatment of only a few short motives. This thesis analyzes the work and its component motives, from the motives that make up the basic idea of the first theme, to the myriad appearances and transformations of these motives throughout the rest of the piece. This analysis is in turn used to make suggestions about how the revealed connections translate into performance suggestions, from the puzzling rest that begins the piece, to motivic linkages between the beginnings and endings of each movement.