Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Dissertation


School of Music


Music Performance

First Advisor

Clifford L. Leaman


In recent years the field of semiotics has increasingly been applied to musicology, with particular attention paid to the area of narrative theory. This study will provide an introduction to the essential concepts of semiotics and narrative theory, the development of a methodology of narrative analysis with examples from the saxophone repertoire, and the application of that analytical approach to Alfred Desenclos' Prélude, Cadence, et Finale and John Harbison's San Antonio. The goal of this study will be the demonstration of narrative theory's applicability to a variety of styles pertinent to the concert saxophone repertoire. It is hoped that this demonstration will be of value in future interpretive efforts in the area of saxophone performance, and in the performance of contemporary repertoire generally.

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