Date of Award

Spring 5-12-2017

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Music (MM)



First Advisor

Dr. Reena Natenberg (

Second Advisor

Dr. Russell Jones (

Third Advisor

Dr. Ray Willard (



An Abstract of the Thesis by

Seth Ernst

This thesis will include program notes for advanced piano repertoire representative of the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and 20th Century music style periods. For each work, there will be biographical information about the composer, a thorough analysis and a presentation of performance suggestions. The works to be discussed include the Prelude and Fugue in G minor, BWV 861, from Book 1 of the Well-Tempered Clavier by Johann Sebastian Bach; the Sonata in B-flat major, Op. 22, by Ludwig Van Beethoven; the Piano Sonata No. 2, Op. 22, by Robert Schumann; and Prelude in G Minor, Op. 23, No. 5, by Serge Rachmaninoff.



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