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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Gomez Rojas, Raul
URN etd-04052012-145650
Title Preparing a World Premiere: A Conductor's Analysis of Ronaldo Cadeu's "Crime and Punishment: One Act Ballet"
Degree Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.)
Department Music
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Riazuelo, Carlos Committee Chair
Lilleslatten, Espen Committee Co-Chair
Byo, James Committee Member
Parker, Dennis Committee Member
Sharky, Bruce Dean's Representative
  • ballet
  • cadeu
  • conducting
  • music
Date of Defense 2012-04-02
Availability unrestricted
This paper is a conductor’s analysis of Ronaldo Cadeu’s recently completed orchestral score for his ballet Crime and Punishment, with a focus on its preparation for a first public performance.

The research explores preparing a piece of music for its world premiere from several angles: the musical process in the form of score study, the extra-musical process involved in the

production of the event and the culmination of both in rehearsals and performance with the


Detailed score analysis reveals that Crime and Punishment is a masterfully crafted piece

of music that successfully conveys the essence of Dostoyevsky’s text. Cadeu’s profound knowledge of the novel, intelligent adaptation of the plot and meticulous exploration of the characters, combined with his technical ability as a composer and vivid imagination, yielded a musically engaging, cohesive work with very high potential as a stage piece.

Collaboration between conductor and composer was found to be the main aspect that differentiates working on a world premiere from performing the final version of a piece that has been heard many times. The conductor’s preparation for rehearsals and performance of the work made clear that, in the absence of references such as recordings or tradition, constant interaction with the composer was a key aspect of the process.

Finally, recommendations are given for future performances of Crime and Punishment,

along with information about the future of the piece and suggested further research.

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