The solo piano music of Einojuhani Rautavaara

Matambo, Lotta Eleonoora (2012) The solo piano music of Einojuhani Rautavaara. Masters thesis, Rhodes University.

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Einojuhani Rautavaara's oeuvre is characterised by four distinctive creative periods, each demonstrating a remarkable variety of compositional idioms and styles. His application of multifaceted elements, often within a single work leading to notions of postmodernism, is derived from multifarious sources, such as (Finnish) folklore, Orthodox mysticism and a wide variety of standard twentieth century compositional techniques. Furthermore, Rautavaara regularly quotes from his own material, thus creating elements of auto-allusions within his oeuvre; a predisposition which forms an essential part of his compositional aesthetic. Analyses of eight piano works (1952-2007) provide a cross-section of Rautavaara's output which, together with a consideration of biographical factors and analytical focus on the intertextual elements of his writing, offers a rationale for determining the development of his musical identity. The analyses conclude that intertextual elements, which appear through a diverse array of expressive modes (such as mysticism, nationalism and constructivism) are an essential part of Rautavaara's eclectic compositional style and contribute to an understanding of the on-going development of his musical identity.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Piano music, Musical identity, Intertextuality, Postmodernism, Neo-classicism, Expanded tonality, Serialism Neo-romanticism, Nationalism, Mysticism, Constructivism
Subjects:M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Humanities > Music and Musicology
Supervisors:Brukman, J.
ID Code:3098
Deposited By: Philip Clarke
Deposited On:09 Jul 2012 12:31
Last Modified:09 Jul 2012 12:31
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