Cuny Graduate Center Music Doctoral Dissertations

As of 2014, all newly submitted Graduate Center dissertations and theses appear in Academic Works shortly after graduation. Some works are immediately available to read and download, and some become available after an embargo period set by the author. Dissertations and theses from before 2014 are generally accessible only to the CUNY community, but some authors have chosen to make theirs open access.

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Dissertations from 2018

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Musicking, Discourse, and Identity in Participatory Media Fandom, Aya Esther Hayashi

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A Performer’s Guide to Astor Piazzolla's Tango-Études pour flûte seule: An Analytical Approach, Asis Reyes

Dissertations from 2017

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The Analysis of Musical Dramaturgy in Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Danielle J. Bastone

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Constructions of New England Identity and Place in American Music, 1885-1935, Jacob A. Cohen

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Music in Haredi Jewish Life: Liquid Modernity and the Negotiation of Boundaries in Greater New York, Gordon A. Dale

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William Bolcom’s "Twelve New Etudes" (1988): Theoretical and Interpretative Analysis, Ran Dank

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Spectacular Politics and Everyday Performance: Tracing Music from Ceauşescu’s Romania to Multicultural America, Benjamin Dumbauld

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Reimagining the Collective: Black Popular Music and Recording Studio Innovation, 1970-1990, Will Fulton

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The Varieties of Tone Presence: On the Meanings of Musical Tone in Twentieth-Century Music, Aaron Harcus

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Solo Performance: An Extension of Vocal Pedagogy, Monica J. Harte

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Interval Cycles in György Kurtág’s Post-Dodecaphonic Late Music, Ramin Heydarbeygi

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The Performance Conversation: A Pragmatic, Curricular Approach to Speaking from the Stage, Barrett J. Hipes

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Heinrich Schenker’s Early Approach to Form, 1895–1921: Implications for His Late Work and Its Reception, Jason A. Hooper

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"Toccatas and Arias": Analysis and Historical Context of Vivian Fine’s Last Work for Solo Piano, Manon Hutton-DeWys

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From Protest Song to Social Song: Music and Politics in Colombia, 1966-2016, Joshua Katz-Rosene

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Worlds of If: Analyses of the Composed and Improvised Works of Robert Dick, Melissa Keeling

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Mahlerian Tonality: Challenges to Classical Foreground Structures in the Music of Gustav Mahler, Ryan Kosseff-Jones

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A New Approach to the Analysis of Timbre, Megan L. Lavengood

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Gustave Vogt's Musical Album of Autographs: A Scholarly Edition, Kristin Leitterman

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A Performer’s Guide to Joaquín Rodrigo’s Concierto de Estío (1943) in the Context of the Twentieth-Century Spanish Violin Concerto, Eva León

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A Study of Nikolai Medtner's Compositional Technique: Form and Narrative in Tales, Oliver H. Markson

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Creating an Unbroken Line of Becoming in Live Music Performance, Bonnie B. McAlvin

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Max Kowalski's Japanischer Frühling: A Song Collection from the Period of the Jewish Cultural Alliance in Nazi Germany, Nils Neubert

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Between Speech & Song: Clarifying the Sprechstimme of Schoenberg's Pierrot lunaire, Sara M. Paar

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Constructing Music of Rebellion in the Triumphant Empire: Punk Rock in the 1990s United States, David Pearson

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Jazz and Recording in the Digital Age: Technology, New Media, and Performance in New York and Online, Dean S. Reynolds

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Scholasticism and Formal Structure in Camille Saint-Saëns's Fugues for Keyboard, Pedro Segarra-Sisamone

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Noodling Changes: The Development of Xylophone Improvisation in New York City (1916-1942), Jonathan D. Singer

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The Protagonist's Experience: Temporality, Narrative, and Harmonic Process in Brahms's Solo Lieder, Loretta Terrigno

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Schoenberg's "Phantasy" Form, Lisa A. Tipton

Dissertations from 2016

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Speaking of Consequences: Contemporary Music for Political Discourse, Elizabeth Adams

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Ten Etudes for Solo Cello by Sofia Gubaidulina, Julia A. Biber

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Edwin Fischer and Bach Performance Practice of the Weimar Republic, Bradley V. Brookshire

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Musical and Dramatic Roles of the Chorus in Hugo Weisgall’s "Esther", Michael A. Capobianco IV

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Die Meistersinger, New York City, and the Metropolitan Opera: The Intersection of Art and Politics During Two World Wars, Gwen L. D'Amico

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Puccini’s Love Duets and the Unfolding of Time, Kae Fujisawa

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The Versatile Singer: A Guide to Vibrato & Straight Tone, Danya Katok

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Issues of Rhythm, Symmetry, and Style in Alfred Schnittke's Concerto for PIano and Strings, Ilya Mayzus

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On the Appearance of the Comedy LP, 1957–1973, David Michael McCarthy

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Charles Ives on the Nature of Experience: The Compositional Designs and Aesthetic Programs of Three Orchestral Works, Ashleé Michele Miller

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The Relation of Analysis to Performance of Post-tonal Violin Music: Three Case Studies, Karen E. Rostron

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The Motivic Economy in Nikolai Medtner's Sonata Romantica, Nellie S. Seng-Quinn

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Symmetry and Interval Cycles in the Quartettos of Mario Davidovsky, Ines Thiebaut Lovelace

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Le Pianiste: Parisian Music Journalism and the Politics of the Piano, 1833–35, Shaena B. Weitz

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Searching for Sounds: Instrumental Agency and Modularity in Electroacoustic Improvisation, Stephen (Red) Wierenga

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Dual-Aspect Meter: A Theory of Metrical Consonance, Dissonance, Weight, and Variety, Andrew Wilson

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The Fourth Movement of György Ligeti's Piano Concerto: Investigating the Musical-Mathematical Connection, Cynthia L. Wong

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Anton Arensky’s String Quartet in A minor, Op. 35, for Violin, Viola, and Two Celli, Miho Zaitsu

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Sacred Freedom: Sustaining Afrocentric Spiritual Jazz in 21St Century Chicago, Adam Zanolini

Dissertations from 2015

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The Problem of Tonal Disunity in Sergeĭ Rachmaninoff's All-Night Vigil, op. 37, Olga Ellen Bakulina

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Reconsidering Organicism in Milton Babbitt's Music and Thought, Zachary Bernstein

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José White Laffita (1835-1918): A Biography And A Study Of His Six Études, Op. 13, Yavet Boyadjiev

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L'Harmonie révée: An Analysis of Henri Pousseur's 'Votre Faust' And 'Les litanies d'Icare', Andre Rene Bregegere

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The Symbiosis Between Villa-Lobos's Carnaval Das Crianças And Momoprecoce: A Comparative Study, Vanessa Rodrigues Cunha

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The Contributions of Earl "Bud" Powell to the Modern Jazz Style, David Joseph DeMotta

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Essays in the Theory and Practice of the Suzuki Method, Kara Eubanks

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Mental Discipline and Musical Meaning, Alice Harriet Jones

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The Impact of French Opera in Nineteenth-Century New York: The New Orleans French Opera Company, 1827–1845, Jennifer C. H. Jones Wilson

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The New York Philharmonic Strike of 1973, Kuan Cheng Lu

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RAGTIME THEN AND NOW: Composers and Audiences from the Ragtime Era to the Ragtime Revival, William Martin McNally

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Music In Poetry And Poetry In Music: Tumanian's Anush, Beata Asmik Navratil

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Common-Tone Preserving Contextual Inversions in the Music of Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, Jessica Rudman

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The Finales of Robert Shumann's Piano Sonatas and Fantasie, Emiko Sato

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Ecological Aspects of the Music of John Luther Adams, David Arie Shimoni

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Pagh-Paan's No-ul: Korean identity formation as synthesis of Eastern and Western Music, Ji Hyun Son

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Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann (The Irish Musicians' Association) and the Politics of Musical Community in Irish Traditional Music, Lauren Weintraub Stoebel

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Performing Blackness in a Mulatto Society: Negotiating Racial Identity through Music in the Dominican Republic, Angelina Maria Tallaj-García

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Siento una Flauta: Improvisational Idiom, Style, and Performance Practice of Charanga Flutists in New York from 1960 to 2000, Jessica Lynne Valiente

Dissertations from 2014

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The Music and Multiple Identities of Kurdish Alevis from Turkey in Germany, Ozan Aksoy

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Gendered Practices and Conceptions in Korean Drumming: On the Negotiation of "Femininity" and "Masculinity" by Korean Female Drummers, Yoonjah Choi

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Different Placements of Spirit: African American Musicians Historicizing in Sound, Casey Hale

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Musical Rhetoric, Narrative, Drama, and Their Negation in Morton Feldman's Piano and String Quartet, Ryan Michael Howard

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The Kalophonic Settings Of The Second Psalm In The Byzantine Chant Tradition Of The Fourteenth And Fifteenth Centuries, Arsinoi Ioannidou

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Secrets of a Toy-box: A Study of Claude Debussy's La Boîte à joujoux, Mirna Lekic

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Rotational Form And Sonata-Type Hybridity In The First Movement Of Shostakovich's Fourth Symphony, Charity Lofthouse

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Emerging Musical Structures: A method for the transcription and analysis of Electroacoustic Music, Mario Mazzoli

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A Structural Approach to the Analysis of Rock Music, Drew F. Nobile

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Melodic Function and Modal Process in Gregorian Chant, Richard Porterfield

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Analysis And Performance Suggestions For Witold Lutoslawski's Grave: Metamorphoses For Cello And Piano, Marta Reilly

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The Mad Science of Hip-Hop: History, Technology, and Poetics of Hip-Hop's Music, 1975-1991, Patrick Rivers

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Nikolai Medtner's First Piano Concerto: A Metrotectonic Analysis, Aleksandra Sarest

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Timbral Transformations in Kaija Saariaho's From the Grammar of Dreams, Karen J. Siegel

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A Derivation of the Tonal Hierarchy from Basic Perceptual Processes, David Smey

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The Art of the Commonplace: Found Sounds in Compositional Practice, Jennifer Stock

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Redefining Diaspora Consciousness: Musical Practices Of Moroccan Jews In Brooklyn, Samuel Reuben Thomas

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Xenakis in America, Charles Wolcott Turner

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Ralph Shapey and the Search for a New Concept of Musical Continuity, 1939-66, Barry Wiener

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At the Threshold: Edgard Varese, Modernism, and the Experience of Modernity, Robert Jackson Wood

Dissertations from 2013

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Ladakhi Traditional Songs: A Cultural, Musical, and Literary Study, Noe Dinnerstein

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The New York Chamber Music Society, 1915-1937: A Contribution to Wind Chamber Music and a Reflection of Concert Life in New York City in the Early 20th Century, Lisa Kozenko

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Twelve-Tone Cartography: Space, Chains, and Intimations of "Tonal" Form in Anton Webern’s Twelve-Tone Music, Brian Christopher Moseley

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Triadic Music in Twentieth-Century Russia, Christopher Mark Segall

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Free from Jazz: The Jazz and Improvised Music Scene in Vienna after Ossiach (1971-2011), Thomas Albert Zlabinger

Dissertations from 2012

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Grunt Work for the Avant-Garde, Andrea A. La Rose

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Politics, Improvisation, and Musicking in Frederic Rzewski's "Which Side Are You On?" from North American Ballads, Andrea A. La Rose

Dissertations from 2011

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Franz Joseph Rosinack (1748-1823): A Bohemian Oboist and Music Arranger at the Fürstenberg Hofkapelle, Jan Oliver Homann

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The Art Songs of Tom Cipullo, Elizabeth Bell Kling

Dissertations from 2010

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The Piano Works of Páll Ísólfsson (1893-1974): A Diverse Collection, Nina Margret Grimsdottir

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Madness, Sexuality, and Gender in Early Twentieth Century Music Theater Works: Four Interpretive Essays, Megan B. Jenkins

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Mátyás Seiber’s Twelve-Tone Technique, Bettina Lee

 

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