Re-contextualizing the early French solo violin sonata (c.1692-1723)

Caley, Margaret Anne (2005) Re-contextualizing the early French solo violin sonata (c.1692-1723). Masters (Research) thesis, James Cook University.

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Abstract

The genre of the earliest French violin sonatas (c.1692 – 1723) has been subjected to deficiency analyses, resulting in its neglect both in the written literature and in recordings. This research challenges the received evaluation of the genre as deficient, and argues that the sources of this neglect can be traced back to early 20th century studies of the genre, which inappropriately analysed the works according to predominantly Italian and German models.

In order to situate and investigate the genre within its cultural context, an alternative analytical approach is developed based on Dryborough’s (1997) methodology, which utilizes musical structures to determine the affect of a composition. In this case, an analysis of affect in the cantatas (Books 1 & 2) of Louis-Nicolas Clérambault (1676-1749) informs the analysis of the affect of his instrumental works.

The resultant information, together with material synthesized in the Literature Review of rhetoric and the theory of affects, French dance music, and performance practice in French baroque music, has been utilized in the presentation of two recitals of early French violin sonatas. These performances have clearly demonstrated the intrinsic value of the genre.

The process of preparing and performing this repertoire through Performances A and B has been subjected to analysis. Implications both for further research and performance documentation are explored; in addition, the experiences gained are documented for the benefit of future performers of this genre.

Item ID: 14981
Item Type: Thesis (Masters (Research))
Keywords: French violin sonatas, 17th century, 18th century, repertoire, literature, negative evaluation, analysis, methodology, affects, baroque music, dance, performance, Clérambaut
Date Deposited: 20 Feb 2011 23:14
FoR Codes: 19 STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 1904 Performing Arts and Creative Writing > 190409 Musicology and Ethnomusicology @ 50%
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