Author

Denny Hong

Date of Award

2011

Document Type

Honors Thesis

Department

Music

First Advisor

Lilianne Doukhan

Second Advisor

Chi Yong Yun

Abstract

The ultimate duty of a performing musician is to share a transcendental experience of aural artwork with society. Before doing so, the musician is obligated to conduct thorough research on the cultural, historical, and artistic components of the repertoire in order to create a holistic picture that can then be used to shape a convincing and thoughtful interpretation. My study explores and analyzes the creative tools and analytical methods involved in musical interpretation as applied to my own personal interpretation of Modest Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition through public performance. My goal is to validate the multifaceted benefits that research contributes to this work of aural art as well as highlight the duty of the performing musician.

Subject Area

Music--Interpretation (Phrasing, dynamics, etc.), Musicology.

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