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dc.contributor.advisorMcAllister, Rita
dc.contributor.authorGuillaumier, Christina
dc.description.abstractThis thesis is a study of Prokofiev's musical ideas as they emerge in his early writing for piano. It is concerned with elucidating the connections between Prokofiev's pianistic technique and his compositional technique. In doing so, the study explores the genealogy of composer's musical gestures and thematic ideas. Both his playing and his compositional styles have been labelled as distinctive: the thesis attempts to deconstruct that distinctiveness by pinpointing the origins of the composer's playing and compositional styles, tracing their gradual evolution into a mature idiom. The first chapter is concerned with Prokofiev's juvenilia (1898 to c. 1906). Drawing upon a large amount of previously unpublished archival resources, this chapter uncovers the original gestures and thematic ideas which characterize Prokofiev's early style. The next chapter focuses on Prokofiev's period at the St Petersburg Conservatory, tracing his development into a virtuoso pianist, examining the nature of that virtuosity and chronicling the creation of Prokofiev's performing persona. The gestures and idea- types identified in the first chapter are then examined within the context of Prokofiev's works for solo piano, his early works with orchestra and his first two major operas. Conclusions are then drawn about the nature of Prokofiev's distinctiveness, his compositional legacy and about his current position as a major twentieth-century composer.en_US
dc.subject.lcshProkofʹev, S. S. (Sergeĭ Sergeevich), 1891-1953
dc.subject.lcshPiano music--20th century--History and criticismen_US
dc.subject.lcshMusic--Russia--20th century--History and criticismen_US
dc.subject.lcshMusic--Soviet Union--20th century--History and criticismen_US
dc.titleFrom piano to stage : a genealogy of musical ideas in the piano works of Sergei Prokofiev (1900 – c.1920)en_US
dc.type.qualificationnamePhD Doctor of Philosophyen_US
dc.publisher.institutionThe University of St Andrewsen_US
dc.publisher.institutionRoyal Conservatoire of Scotlanden_US
dc.rights.embargoreasonThesis restricted in accordance with University regulations. Print and electronic copies of the accompanying score, (Appendix D), restricted until 11th March 2021en

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