Title page for ETD etd-06022011-171502

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Miller, Scott
URN etd-06022011-171502
Title Musical Allusion to 'The Rite of Spring' in Four Contemporary Works for Solo Bassoon
Degree Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.)
Department Music
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Beavers, Gabriel Committee Chair
Campbell, Griffin Committee Member
Kemler, Katherine Committee Member
McFarland, Alison Committee Member
Ortner, Frederick Dean's Representative
  • le sacre
  • borrowed music
  • unaccompanied bassoon
Date of Defense 2011-05-08
Availability unrestricted

The bassoon solo that begins The Rite of Spring has had a profound and lasting influence on the treatment of the bassoon as a melodic instrument, both in the context of the orchestra and as a solo instrument. It has been alluded to and directly quoted in many works over the past century, and has become associated with the modern concept of the bassoon as a solo instrument. Four works for solo bassoon by contemporary composers—Canto XII by Samuel Adler, Metamorphoses by Leslie Bassett, Paisagem sonora no. 5 by Rodrigo Lima, and From Rite to Rite by Claudia and Maíra Cimbleris—all adapt the bassoon solo from the introduction to The Rite of Spring. Although the passages in these four works that contain musical allusion to The Rite of Spring vary widely in content and character, they demonstrate certain similarities in the treatment of material borrowed from the bassoon solo and other parts of the ballet. These similarities suggest a common way of thinking about Stravinsky’s bassoon solo, and its continued use by contemporary composers suggests its long lasting impact on modern bassoon writing.

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