Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)



Committee Chair(s)

Irving Wassermann


Max F. Dalby


Alma Dittmer


The master's recital in piano customarily includes works from the Baroque, Classic, Romantic, and Twentieth Century Periods, The recital presented has conformed to these requirements with works by Bach , Beethoven, Chopin, and Debussy.

The partita, sonata, and nocturne represent musical forms which reached their ultimate development in the works of Bach , Beethoven, and Chopin, respectively, during the periods in which they were composed. So great was the genius of these composers that their names will always be intimately associated with these musical forms. whereas the preceding forms were climaxed by the compositions of Bach, Beethoven, and Chopin, Debussy originated Impressionism in music.

The evolution of the partita, sonata, nocturne, and Impressionism comprises a significant and interesting milestone in musical history. The following discussion describes the historical development of these forms with particular emphasis on the specific contribution through which the composer brought everlasting greatness to the form.

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