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Type of Document Major Paper
Author Heinzen, Craig David
Author's Email Address cheinz1@lsu.edu
URN etd-04042006-170733
Title Semiotic Modeling: Relevance to Trumpet Performance and Musical Interpretation Using Paul Hindemith's Sonata for Trumpet and Piano
Degree Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.)
Department Music
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
James West Committee Co-Chair
Joseph Skillen Committee Co-Chair
Jeff Perry Committee Member
William F. Grimes Committee Member
Patricia Lawrence Dean's Representative
  • music practice
  • trumpet performance
  • hindemith
  • semiotics
Date of Defense 2006-03-20
Availability unrestricted
This paper is about the use of semiotics for the purpose of improving technical efficiency and musical interpretation in brass performance. Semiotics is the study of signs. The field is rooted in linguistics and logic, but has widened its influences to musicology and music theory in the last several decades. This paper constructs a model which simplifies music performance. The model has two components that address physical demands and musical analysis. The first component is a mathematically-based visual representation of the air stream used in brass performance. The second component of the model uses a reductive analysis. This analysis is the “roadmap” for performance for the purpose of improving musical interpretation. The dual model of conceptualizing a work for performance will be applied to the first movement of Paul Hindemith’s Sonata for Trumpet and Piano.
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