André Mathieu and His Piano Concerto No. 4: The Influence of Arthur Honegger in Mathieu's Evolution Toward a Mature Voice

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Title:
André Mathieu and His Piano Concerto No. 4: The Influence of Arthur Honegger in Mathieu's Evolution Toward a Mature Voice
Author:
Chan, Yun Jung Astrid
Issue Date:
2011
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
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Abstract:
André Mathieu (1929-1968), a Canadian composer and performer, received acclaim in Europe, Canada and United States from his earliest years. He revealed brilliant pianistic skill, and critics hailed him as the "young Canadian Mozart". Mathieu's early solo piano works, written mostly in ternary form, reveal an abundance of compositional ideas based on the influences of Romantic and Impressionist styles. However, when he began composing Piano Concerto No. 3, a much larger work, his lack of compositional training became evident. Formal weakness resulted in a disconnection between themes and lack of thematic and motivic development. Not until Mathieu studied with Swiss composer Arthur Honegger did he develop and clearly display a concept of formal structure. In this study, I will demonstrate that, through compositional studies with Arthur Honegger, André Mathieu assimilated a new approach to form, resulting in the discovery of his mature compositional voice found for the first time in the Piano Concerto No. 4. The synthesis of Romantic and Impressionistic styles in this concerto further contributes to the unique nature of this mature voice.This document is organized in six chapters. Chapter I reviews current literature on André Mathieu and his music and points out both the values and the limitations of this literature. Chapter II relates Mathieu's biography. Chapter III provides background information on Mathieu's solo piano works and four concerti, as well as the difficult pianistic techniques composed into those works. Chapter IV discusses the influences of Romantic and Impressionist styles in Piano Concerto No. 4 and how Mathieu synthesized both styles. Chapter V analyzes the form, motivic and thematic material, and rhythmic design of all three movements of Piano Concerto No. 4 and compares them with that of Piano Concerto No. 3. Honegger's influence also is discussed in Chapter V. Chapter VI is the conclusion. Musical examples throughout will illustrate points made.
Type:
text; Electronic Dissertation
Keywords:
Canadian pianist; Canadian piano concerto; Canadian prodigy; Music; ANDRÉ MATHIEU; Canadian composer
Degree Name:
D.M.A.
Degree Level:
doctoral
Degree Program:
Graduate College; Music
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Gibson, Tannis

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dc.titleAndré Mathieu and His Piano Concerto No. 4: The Influence of Arthur Honegger in Mathieu's Evolution Toward a Mature Voiceen_US
dc.creatorChan, Yun Jung Astriden_US
dc.contributor.authorChan, Yun Jung Astriden_US
dc.date.issued2011-
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractAndré Mathieu (1929-1968), a Canadian composer and performer, received acclaim in Europe, Canada and United States from his earliest years. He revealed brilliant pianistic skill, and critics hailed him as the "young Canadian Mozart". Mathieu's early solo piano works, written mostly in ternary form, reveal an abundance of compositional ideas based on the influences of Romantic and Impressionist styles. However, when he began composing Piano Concerto No. 3, a much larger work, his lack of compositional training became evident. Formal weakness resulted in a disconnection between themes and lack of thematic and motivic development. Not until Mathieu studied with Swiss composer Arthur Honegger did he develop and clearly display a concept of formal structure. In this study, I will demonstrate that, through compositional studies with Arthur Honegger, André Mathieu assimilated a new approach to form, resulting in the discovery of his mature compositional voice found for the first time in the Piano Concerto No. 4. The synthesis of Romantic and Impressionistic styles in this concerto further contributes to the unique nature of this mature voice.This document is organized in six chapters. Chapter I reviews current literature on André Mathieu and his music and points out both the values and the limitations of this literature. Chapter II relates Mathieu's biography. Chapter III provides background information on Mathieu's solo piano works and four concerti, as well as the difficult pianistic techniques composed into those works. Chapter IV discusses the influences of Romantic and Impressionist styles in Piano Concerto No. 4 and how Mathieu synthesized both styles. Chapter V analyzes the form, motivic and thematic material, and rhythmic design of all three movements of Piano Concerto No. 4 and compares them with that of Piano Concerto No. 3. Honegger's influence also is discussed in Chapter V. Chapter VI is the conclusion. Musical examples throughout will illustrate points made.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeElectronic Dissertationen_US
dc.subjectCanadian pianisten_US
dc.subjectCanadian piano concertoen_US
dc.subjectCanadian prodigyen_US
dc.subjectMusicen_US
dc.subjectANDRÉ MATHIEUen_US
dc.subjectCanadian composeren_US
thesis.degree.nameD.M.A.en_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineMusicen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorGibson, Tannisen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberFan, Paulaen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberZdechlik, Lisaen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberGibson, Tannisen_US
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