Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



Committee Chair(s)

Ralph Matesky


Ralph Matesky


The scope of this recital was great in many ways. It included the Prelude and Fugue from the Sonata in g minor for unaccompanied violin by Johann Sebastian Bach, the Sonata for Violin and Piano by Aaron Copland, Concerto no. III in b minor by Camille Saint-Saens, "On Wings of Song" by Felix Mendelssohn, and "Perpe tual Motion" by Ottakar Novacek. Performed were works of composers from three musical periods and representing three of the western worlds great musical countries -- the United States, Germany, and France. Stylistic demands ranged from the polyphonic form of the Bach Fugue, the lyrical singing style of the Saint-Saens violin Concerto, to the percussive qualities of the final movement in the Copland Sonata. Almost all violinistic technics were involved including scales; arpeggios; great leaps; double stops; harmonics; dynamic contrasts and nuances in tone color and vibrato; bowings such as spiccato, sautille, staccato, martele, and detache; as well as difficult pizzicato passages. The preparation of the performer has taken some twenty years and seven violin instructors at Utah State University.

With this in mind and considering the importance of the several parts of the recital, this paper has been organized into the following sections: 1. The Violin, 2. The Composers, 3. The Music, its historical implications and form, 4. The Recital, and, 5. Epilogue. The Masters Recital is one of two options for partial fulfillment of a Master of Music or as in this case a Master of Arts degree in Music Education at Utah State University. The individual requirements for the recital are set up by the graduate committee which in this case consisted of Professor Ralph Matesky, chairman of the graduate committee, Dr . Max F. Dalby, committee member, and Dr. Keith Checketts, committee member.