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Date of Graduation

Spring 5-3-2013

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)


School of Music


Pedro Aponte

Eric Ruple

Jason Haney


This document is a study of Augusta Read Thomas’s piano études from the point of view of mood and atmosphere. These expressive aspects of Thomas’s piano pieces spring out from both the descriptive titles and from the suggestive piano writing. The music analysis of Thomas’s piano études utilizes cinema art as a means to elaborate on musical imagery, based on the cinema’s potential to convey mood and atmosphere. The crossroads between Thomas’s piano études and cinema art affords to create a pedagogical tool as a means for expressive and convincing performances of Thomas’s pieces.

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