Date of Award

Spring 5-2009

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)



Committee Chair

Lois Leventhal

Committee Chair Department



The purpose of this study is to present the solo piano music of the American composer Jerry Sieg, whose output includes works for orchestra, voice, opera, chorus, and numerous compositions for solo instruments.

It opens with the biography of the composer, including information concerning bis musical training, followed by a brief survey of his solo piano works. A discussion of his compositional style in his Five Miniatures for Piano, written in 1994 for the American pianist Marian Lee, is also included in this work. The analysis of the Five Miniatures for Piano in Chapter IV presents a detailed analysis of the various musical aspects of the composition, such as melody, counterpoint, harmony, rhythm, texture and form. A complete catalogue of Sieg's works is found in Appendix A. ii