A stylistic analysis of "Six Pieces for Solo Piano" by Rodion Shchedrin and a stylistic analysis of "Tres Preludios a Modo de Toccata", "Dos Danzas Cubanas", and "Estudio de Contrastes" by Harold Gramatges

Amanda Virelles del Valle

Abstract

This document compiles stylistic analysis for performance of selected works by the Russian composer Rodion Shchedrin and the Cuban composer Harold Gramatges. The piano music of these composers has been gaining international acclaim since the 1950's. The unique harmonic language, the elements of folklore, and the virtuosity found in these pieces make them very attractive for performance and research. The document unites two papers, each supplementing lecture recitals offered on April 16 and 28, 2008. In each paper, after a brief biographical summary and an account of the piano repertoire of the respective composer, the pieces are examined, and matters of historical background, harmony, structure, piano technique, and performance practice are discussed. This analysis, which includes musical examples, is followed by a bibliography and appendices including the recital programs offered at the two lectures and other degree recitals.