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THE HISTORY OF VIOLA TRANSCRIPTIONS AND A COMPREHENSIVE ANALYSIS OF THE TRANSCRIPTION FOR VIOLA AND PIANO OF BEETHOVEN'S VIOLIN SONATA OP. 30, NO. 1

by LEE, HSIAOPEI

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The purpose of this thesis is to discuss the transcription of Beethoven’s Violin Sonata Op. 30, No. 1 in A major into a work for viola and piano. This transcription will add greatly to the lacking solo viola literature by transitional composers of Classical to Romantic period, increase the viola repertoire for performers, and give viola instructors more choices to help their students learn the style of early nineteenth-century music. Furthermore, the performance of this transcription will enhance violists’ understanding of one of the most important composers in music history. The crux of this thesis contains a history of viola transcriptions, the relevance of transcription, the difficulties encountered when transcribing a work for viola using specific examples both from my own transcription and other arrangements, and a discussion of the methodology behind these kinds of transcriptions with particular emphasis on my own transcription of Beethoven’s Violin Sonata Op. 30, No. 1 in A Major. This thesis includes a complete transcription of Beethoven’s Violin Sonata Op. 30, No. 1, with separate viola and piano parts. In addition, this work serves as a valuable document for the transcription of viola literature, a practical guide for choosing and arranging music, and an educational as well as artistic contribution to the viola literature.
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School:University of Cincinnati

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

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Date of Publication:01/01/2005

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