Musical borrowing in three hommages by Béla Kovács
Lawing, Sarah Emily Lloyd
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This document is a comparative study of homages to Claude Debussy, Richard Strauss and Béla Bartók with the Première Rhapsodie by Debussy, Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche by Strauss, and Contrasts by Bartók. The homages were composed by Hungarian clarinetist Béla Kovács and published in 1994 as a book of etudes for clarinet study entitled Hommages. They are frequently performed in auditions, competitions, and recitals by clarinetists around the world. The book contains homages to Bach, Paganini, Weber, Debussy, de Falla, Strauss, Bartók, Kodály, Khatschaturian. The homages selected for this study, Debussy, Strauss, and Bartók, offer an excellent look into the musical borrowings of Kovács. This paper explores those borrowings through theoretical analysis of three of these homages alongside a piece by the composer whose style is being imitated.