Title page for ETD etd-04092007-102150


Type of Document Dissertation
Author Tuck, Patrick
URN etd-04092007-102150
Title Brahms's Ein deutsches Requiem: Dialectic and the Chromatic Middleground
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Department Music
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Jeffrey Perry Committee Chair
David Smyth Committee Member
James West Committee Member
Jan Herlinger Committee Member
Sam Ng Committee Member
Bill Demastes Dean's Representative
Keywords
  • dialectic
  • chromaticism
  • middleground
  • mixture
  • ein deutsches requiem
  • Brahms
Date of Defense 2007-02-27
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem (1868) has been the focus of much scholarly research. The present study focuses specifically on the work’s dialectic: the presentation and resolution of a conflict between mortal suffering and eternal joy. It takes an Schenkerian approach to the tonal content of the piece, which provides a musical reflection of the human spiritual journey to the afterlife. It examines how Brahms brings his chosen texts to life with the aid of musical processes such as mixture, register transfer, coupling, covering lines, and contrasting textures. The present study will cite previous authors who have noted the opposing forces in the Requiem’s construction. To the wealth of theoretical and historical writing about Brahms's Requiem the present study will contribute an Schenkerian account of musical processes that are integral parts of the work's philosophical dialectic.
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