The solo piano music of Einojuhani Rautavaara

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




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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