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Master of Music (MMUS)




When studying the works of the masters, it is undeniably important for composers and performers to have a comprehension of their lives, styles, characters, personalities, and the periods in which they composed. In all, the more we know about composers' lives, the historic and cultural environment in which their works were written, the more understanding we have of how to communicate their works. It is the purpose of this treatise to examine the lives of three composers in preparation for performance: Frederic Chopin, Franz Liszt, and Charles Griffes, leading up to and including four selected works: Scherzo in Bb Minor Op. 31 ·by Frederic Chopin, Scherzo Op. 6, No. 3 by Charles Griffes, "Consolation" No. III by Franz Liszt, and Concert Etude in Db Major, "Un Sospiro," by Franz Liszt.


A Treatise Presented to the Department of Music 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 1997 Ann Marie Forde.