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Master of Music (MMUS)




The Bagatelles for harp were commissioned for the First International Harp Competition by the Hartt College of Music, University of Hartford in 1969. This paper uses a modified parametric analysis to discuss form, rhythm, melody, movement, sound and harmony in the three Bagatelles. The purpose of this analysis is to show the performing har ist the main compositional techniques Dello Joio used in each movement, and the analysis includes suggestions on performance practice. A thorough understanding of what the composer intended in a composition helps the performer with appropriate musical expression. The discussion of the first movement concentrates on form, motivic content, structural intervals, and rhythm. The analysis of the second movement includes discussion on form, polymeters, polyrhythms, polytonality, pandiatonicism, and extended instrumental techniques that are specific to the harp. In the third movement, the form, harmonic relationships, the use of polytonality, polyrhythm, and color tones are all significant.


A Treatise Presented to the Department of Music and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Music (MMUS) University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright 1998 Jodi Pesek.