Date of Award


Document Type

Honors Thesis



First Advisor

Trina Thompson


Leonid Desyatnikov arranged Astor Piazzolla's Las Cuatro Estaciones Portenas for violin and string orchestra, interspersing quotations from Vivaldi's Four Seasons throughout the new work. My score-based analysis of the arrangement investigates Desyatnikov's borrowing practice and connects his compositional techniques to musicological meanings. In addition to identifying levels of contrast value between the quotation and the surrounding arrangement, I examine alterations to the original content and context of the quotations and determine whether Desyatnikov maintains or transforms the quotations' identities. I combine identity and contrast value into an interpretive model of musical interaction, providing a more nuanced exploration of musical dominance.


This research was published as “Mashup Strategies in Las cuatro estaciones porteñas: A Model for Connecting Compositional Technique to Musical Interpretation,” Music Theory Spectrum, 17 January 2019,

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Subject Area

Allusions in music., Concertos (Violin with string orchestra), Violin with string orchestra, Arranged.

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