Date of Award

Summer 8-2011

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)



Committee Chair

Lois Leventhal

Committee Chair Department


Committee Member 2

Elizabeth Moak

Committee Member 2 Department


Committee Member 3

Edward Hafer

Committee Member 3 Department


Committee Member 4

Joseph Brumbeloe

Committee Member 4 Department



Although David Burge is recognized as one of the most important American pianists dedicated to contemporary music in the twentieth century, little is known about his contributions as a pedagogue, lecturer, writer, novelist, and, especially, as a composer. This biographical study focuses on three of his piano compositions: Second Sonata, Eclipse II, and Go-Hyang. Each work represents one of three distinct compositional periods: the first reflects the influence of Prokofiev and features characteristics of the neoclassicism; the second marks a turn to experimentalism, atonality, and serialism; and the final indicates the return to a more traditional style that makes use of more tonal and consonant sonorities and frequently include references to foreign cultures. During his last compositional period, Burge wrote a novel that has ties to Go-Hyang and shows a strong connection to South Korea.