Type of Document Treatise Author Park, So Youn Author's Email Address firstname.lastname@example.org URN etd-04092007-182841 Title Effective Practice Methods for David Popper's Virtuosic Pieces and the Relationship Between Selected Pieces and Etudes Degree Doctor of Musical Arts Department Music, College of Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Gregory Sauer Committee Chair Evan Jones Committee Member Melanie Punter Committee Member Keywords
- David Popper's Pieces
- Practice guide
Date of Defense 2007-03-27 Availability unrestricted AbstractDavid Popper, a cellist-composer in the late nineteenth century, was among the most prominent cello virtuosos and one of the greatest masters for the cello literature. He was a prolific composer of advanced studies for cello, sixty-five virtuosic character pieces, four cello concertos, a string quartet, two suites, and three books of etudes that have been considered some of the most essential and valuable studies for cellists.
David Popper’s works provide cellists with valuable information. His three books of etudes offer technical instruction for cellists, covering all the pedagogical aspects of cello playing. For example, the Etudes Op. 73 are used not only for auditions and international competitions but are also taught by cello teachers all over the world. His virtuosic works are very popular and are played in many recitals today. The virtuosic pieces are short, taking about two to five minutes, and they demonstrate challenging bow and left hand techniques. The term “character piece” applies to certain piano music and to music for other instruments with piano accompaniment in the nineteenth century that was based on a program or a single character. Many character pieces were composed in ternary form, and present elegance, wit, humor and beauty.
Popper consistently attempted to compose small pieces with moods that range from cheerful to mournful. Because he was adept at conveying these characters for the cello, his music became very popular with audiences and performers. All of his pieces demand exceptional techniques like spiccato, sautillé, harmonics, pizzicato, double stops, thumb position, rapid string crossings, and arpeggios. It is because of his imaginative use of these techniques and because of the popularity of his music that Popper is considered to be the person that advanced the cello the most during the nineteenth century.
The popularity of Popper’s music is due to many factors; among them are repetitions of the original theme, his consistent use of the best sounding register of the cello, and his use of diverse, uplifting and playful rhythms.
This study purports to focus on pedagogical aspects of Popper’s virtuosic works related to his three books of etudes in order to facilitate the performer’s development of technical skills. It will also address how to practice those pieces along with his etudes to allow students to perform them better.
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