Date of Award

Spring 5-5-2021

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)

School

Music

Committee Chair

Dr. Ellen Elder

Committee Chair School

Music

Committee Member 2

Dr. Joseph Brumbeloe

Committee Member 2 School

Music

Committee Member 3

Dr. Michael Bunchman

Committee Member 3 School

Music

Committee Member 4

Dr. Christopher Goertzen

Committee Member 4 School

Music

Committee Member 5

Dr. Elizabeth Moak

Committee Member 5 School

Music

Abstract

The Yellow River Piano Concerto is a valuable addition to the piano concerto repertoire for both historical and theoretical reasons. It has been performed frequently by Chinese pianists on many important occasions, such as National Day Concerts, New Year Concerts, and Spring Festival Galas. The Concerto is not only standard repertoire on Chinese stages, but it is also performed and recorded by leading international orchestras, such as the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, and New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. One of the possible reasons that made this Concerto successful is that it combines characteristics of Chinese and Western cultures. The primary purpose of this study is to address its Western cultural influences, its Chinese nationalistic traits, and how traditional Chinese aesthetics shaped the work.

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