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Date of Award

8-1996

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Music

Supervisor

Hugh Hartwell

Language

English

Abstract

Several types of analysis have been applied to the music of Béla Bartók. This thesis provides a summary of the work of the major Bartók authors, along with a critical examination of their methods. The methods described are then applied to the second movement of Bartók's Divertimento, where their appropriateness is tested on a work for which little analysis has been published. After all of the procedures are applied to the movement in isolation, a synthesis of the various methods is postulated, and a comprehensive analysis is presented, combining the most effective facets of the techniques of the featured authors. A final section considers the usefulness of each of the methods for this work, as well as for general analysis of the work of Bartók.

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