Title page for ETD etd-11132007-113712

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Johnson, Barrett Ashley
URN etd-11132007-113712
Title An Original Composition, Galleria Armonica, Theme and Variations for Piano, Harpsichord, Harp and Orchestra and a Comparative Study between the Pedagogical Methodologies of Arnold Schoenberg and Nadia Boulanger Regarding Training the Composer
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Department Music
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Stephen David Beck Committee Chair
Dinos Constantinides Committee Member
Jane Cassidy Committee Member
Robert Peck Committee Member
Patricia Suchy Dean's Representative
  • music education
  • music composition
  • nadia boulanger
  • david elliott
  • bennett reimer
  • arnold schoenberg
Date of Defense 2007-10-08
Availability unrestricted
Part one of this dissertation is an original music composition, Galleria Armonica, Theme and Variations for Piano, Harpsichord, Harp and Orchestra in fantasia variation form. The orchestra is divided into four groups: Strings (8/8/6/6/4), Winds (2/2/2/2/), Brass (4/3/3/1), and Percussion (Percussion I: Celesta, Timpani, Vibraphone, & Snare Drum; Percussion II: Suspended Cymbal, Orchestra Bells, Tam-Tam; Percussion III: Bass Drum, Side Drum, Triangle, & Tam-Tam.) Each solo instrument (Piano, Harpsichord & Harp) is physically associated with a specified group: Piano with Brass; Harpsichord with Strings: Harp with Winds, thus three primary groups. The percussion is employed as a crossover, unifying ensemble.

The title of the work derives from Michele Todini's 1676 musical instrument museum known as "Dichaiaratione della galleria Armonica eretta in Roma de M. Todini Piemontese di Saluzzo, nella sua habitazione, posta al'Arco della Ciambella Roma 1676." "According to his own description it was divided between two rooms."

The arrangement of the four music ensembles symbolically represent Todini's groupings and the physical separation inherent in such an arrangement. Symbolically, music is shared among this music work's ensembles.

Part two of this dissertation is a comparative study between the pedagogical methodologies of Arnold Schoenberg and Nadia Boulanger regarding training the composer. Chapter One serves as an introduction to the personal background, musical training, and careers of Arnold Schoenberg and Nadia Boulanger, individually. Chapters Two and Three present music pedagogy texts and other significant teaching methods and materials relating to Schoenberg's and Boulanger's musical pedagogy, respectively. Chapter Four presents two exemplary music education philosophies of the second half of the twentieth century: those by Bennett Reimer and David Elliott. Chapter Five is a comparison and contrast of the teaching methods and materials of Schoenberg and Boulanger in relation to the philosophies of music education of Reimer and Elliott. Chapter Six is a conclusion of the contributions to music composition pedagogy by Schoenberg and Boulanger and the implications of those findings followed by an Epilogue.

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