A graded list of solo piano sonatas written by American-born composers between 1950 and 1975

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dc.contributor.advisor Meckna, Michael en_US
dc.contributor.author Whiteley, Daniel H. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-03T19:32:25Z
dc.date.available 2011-06-03T19:32:25Z
dc.date.created 1986 en_US
dc.date.issued 1986
dc.identifier LD2489.Z62 1986 .W54 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/handle/handle/181925
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this study was to develop and apply an experimental grading system to sonatas written by American-born composers from 1950 to 1975. Although several authors have addressed the problem of grading or classifying piano music, there are generally no precise criteria provided to substantiate the validity of their systems. The present author discovered some significant and innovative yet generally neglected piano sonatas.The grading system in this research was based on the physiological factors effecting the pianist's development. These factors include: 1) Equality of Fingers (finger independence and mobility); 2) Passage of the Thumb (scales and arpeggios); 3) Double-Note and Polyphonic Playing; 4) Extensions (stretches between the fingers); and 5) Arm Rotation (execution of chords and octaves). In addition, since factors such as retuning of the instrument., polyrhythms, and improvisation can make a moderate or intermediate piece into a difficult one, a Special Problem category was added.Each of the six physiological divisions are assigned a numerical. difficulty level from one to ten. The divisions are then averaged and assigned a final "grade" as follows:Easy 1 (E-1)=1.0-1.9; Easy 2 (E--2)=2.0-2.9; Moderate 1 (M-1)--3.0--3.9; Moderate 2 (M-2)=4.0-4.9; Intermediate 1 (I-1)=5.0--5.9; Intermediate 2 (I-2)=6.0-6.9; Difficult. 1 (D-1)=7.0--7.9; Difficult 2 (D-2)=8.0-8.9; Virtuoso (V)=9.0.Eighty--six sonatas were reviewed and graded. These compositions represent a broad selection of works of various degrees of difficulty. By knowing the student's abilities and needs, the piano instructor may use this study to select sonatas that correspond to the appropriate level of attainment.Of the works reviewed, the majority fall into the Moderate category. This was not an unusual finding in that certain pianistic development is required before being able to play the scores. The grading system differs from previous systems in that it provides criteria for the placement of the works into a difficulty rating based on the physiological factors affecting the pianist's development. en_US
dc.format.extent 108 leaves : music ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Sonatas (Piano) en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Piano music -- Bibliography -- Graded lists. en_US
dc.title A graded list of solo piano sonatas written by American-born composers between 1950 and 1975 en_US
dc.type Reference sources. en_US
dc.description.degree Thesis (D.A.) en_US
dc.identifier.cardcat-url http://liblink.bsu.edu/catkey/469094 en_US


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