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dc.contributor.authorTomlin, Laura Anne
dc.description.abstractGian Carlo Menotti’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra (1952), although written and premiered in the early 1950s, has been an unduly neglected work due to a number of circumstances, but one that has recently been gaining in popularity. The purpose of this document is to provide a comprehensive guide to the Violin Concerto in the hope that it will help capture the attention of those unaware of its existence and ultimately aide in the concerto’s acceptance into the violinist’s standard repertoire. The Violin Concerto’s historical context is examined in relationship to its compositional style and possible sources of inspiration, and to its neglect in the past and recent surge in popularity in the violin world. A formal and theoretical analysis of Menotti’s concerto, as well as a discussion of its technical challenges from the standpoint of the performer, will provide insight into its composition and interpretative issues. Despite its traditional form, Menotti’s Violin Concerto is an unusual piece in many respects, among which are its intriguing possible biographical components. Composed in 1952 for violinist Efrem Zimbalist, the work, on first hearing, can seem a bit disjointed with elements obviously derived from, or at the very least influenced by, other works. However, on closer examination of the work and of its intended performer, these elements appear to be intentional. For these reasons, in addition to its appeal simply as a composition, Menotti’s Violin Concerto is worthy of further study.
dc.subjectGian Carlo Menotti
dc.subjectViolin Concerto
dc.subjectLaura Anne Tomlin
dc.subjectThe University of Georgia
dc.subjectDMA Document
dc.titleA study of Gian Carlo Menotti’s Concerto for violin and orchestra
dc.description.departmentSchool of Music
dc.description.advisorDorothea Link
dc.description.advisorLevon Ambartsumian
dc.description.committeeDorothea Link
dc.description.committeeLevon Ambartsumian
dc.description.committeeDavid Starkweather
dc.description.committeeMichael Heald
dc.description.committeeLeonard Ball

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