Thesis

Extended program notes for Christopher Rispoli's graduate recital

This thesis presents extended program notes on my graduate recital. I will provide a detailed historical background and analysis of the following: Thème Varié et Finale - Manuel Maria Ponce (1882 - 1948); Prelude, Fugue and Allegro BWV 998 - Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750); Stélé - Phillip Houghton (b. 1954); Nocturne Rêverie, Op. 19 - Giulio Regondi (1822 - 1872); Nocturnal After John Dowland, Op. 70 - Benjamin Britten (1913 -1976). This program explores the diversity of the guitar repertoire in terms of its breadth of compositional era, musical form, and technical requirements. In addition to discussing each piece as they appear on my program, I will go in to further detail on Stélé by Phillip Houghton. This piece is an amalgamation of influences which are uniquely manifested in the music. This is most likely due to the composer having a condition known as synesthesia. I will consider the ways in which this condition influences the composer's perception of the various stimuli and argue about their impact on the compositional processes.

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