Date of Award
Open Access Dissertation
School of Music
Reinhold Moritsevich Glière (1875-1956) had a successful career as a conductor, educator, and composer. He is regarded as one of the immediate heirs to Tchaikovsky and those known as the “Mighty Five,” Balakirev, Mussorgsky, Borodin, Cui, and Rimsky- Korsakov. Glière has been neglected in the Western musical study although he has been popular and important in his native country and wrote more than five hundred works including music for orchestra, chamber music, voice, and ballets. Yet relatively few of his works are known and performed in the West.
The purpose of the study is to provide a stylistic analysis of Glière’s 25 Preludes for Piano, Op. 30. The analysis examines form, meter, rhythm, melody, harmony, keyboard usage, and other stylistic elements, demonstrating Glière’s compositional style in his piano oeuvre. It is intended to serve as: 1) a guide for performers to give a fully informed performance of these works; 2) an informative source for teachers who want to supplement their students’ repertoires; and 3) to promote the piano music of Glière by providing resources for additional research. The study consists of four chapters, a bibliography, and appendices. Chapter I includes an introduction that discusses the composer’s historical milieu, and the purpose, need and limitations of the study, related literature, and design and procedures. Chapter II provides the biography of the composer and a brief history of the prelude and Glière’s 25 Preludes for Piano, Op. 30 in the historical context. Chapter III consists of a stylistic analysis of Glière’s 25 Preludes for Piano, Op. 30, including form, meter, rhythm, melody, harmony, keyboard usage, and other stylistic elements. Chapter IV contains conclusions and recommendations for further study. Appendix A provides a listing of Glière’s piano compositions. Appendix B presents the author’s doctoral piano recital programs. Appendix C includes permission to use photos of the microfilm screen.
Lee, S.(2020). A Stylistic Analysis of Reinhold Glière’s 25 Preludes for Piano, Op. 30. (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from https://scholarcommons.sc.edu/etd/5946