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Date of Graduation

Spring 5-6-2011

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)


School of Music


Robert D. McCashin

Mary Jean Speare

Vicki Curry


The compositional output of Igor Stravinsky is roughly divided into three periods: Russian, Neoclassical, and Serial. In his neoclassical period of composition, Stravinsky developed highly refined methods of formal construction, harmonic management, and use of counterpoint. Careful analysis of several neoclassical and transitional works serves to demonstrate Stravinsky’s innovative methods of voice leading, economy of pitch class set material, and ingenuity in redefining Classical era forms. Stravinsky’s Russian ballets are stylistically focused on practical and stage-oriented formal structures, stratified counterpoint, and thematic content originating in folk materials. As he began writing more concert music, the extraction of these stylistic elements posed structural problems. By reinventing formal structures, harmonic relationships, and voice-leading procedures of the Classical era, Stravinsky constructed his neoclassical style of writing.

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