Title page for ETD etd-07142006-104355

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Steinbron, Matthew James
Author's Email Address mstein6@lsu.edu
URN etd-07142006-104355
Title Background Conglomerates in Alkan's "Quasi-Faust," Op. 33, No. 2
Degree Master of Music (M.M.)
Department Music
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Samuel Ng Committee Chair
Jeffrey Perry Committee Member
Victoria Johnson Committee Member
  • grande sonate op. 33 no. 2
  • concentric tonaltiy
  • eccentric tonality
  • directional tonality
  • progressive tonality
  • interlocking structures
  • non-monotonality
  • monotonality
  • non-concentric
  • Harald Krebs
  • Schenker
  • sonata form
  • octave lines
  • quasi-Faust
  • Charles Alkan
  • elided Ursatze
  • background conglomerates
Date of Defense 2006-07-10
Availability unrestricted
Various approaches have been used over the past 50 years to describe and analyze works that exhibit tonality but have more than one tonic. This paper focuses solely on a subcategory of such works: those that begin in one key and end in another, the first key being permanently replaced by the second. The most prominent systems of terminology and analysis for such works include “progressive tonality,” “directional tonality,” “interlocking structures,” and “background conglomerates.” After examining these systems, “background conglomerates” is determined to best suit works that permanently change tonics. This approach, which was introduced by Harald Krebs, employs a Schenkerian based style of analysis to show that two Ursätze are present in the background of these works. Applying Krebs’s style of analysis reveals that many different structures can occur in background conglomerates, one of which has never been identified: elided Ursätze. The possibilities for elided Ursätze are explored and Alkan’s Quasi-Faust, the second movement of his Grande Sonate op. 33, is provided as an example. The effects that the elided Ursätze has on the sonata form and octave line of Quasi-Faust are also addressed.
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