Type of Document Treatise Author Fannin, Amelia URN etd-06012009-190446 Title Charles Koechlin's Silhouettes de Comédie for Bassoon and Orchestra: An in Depth Study Degree Doctor of Musical Arts Department Music, College of Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Jeffrey Keesecker Committee Chair Eric Ohlsson Committee Member Richard Clary Outside Committee Member Keywords
Date of Defense 2009-04-29 Availability unrestricted AbstractCharles Koechlin composed the Silhouettes de Comédie for bassoon and orchestra in 1943. It is a monumental work for bassoon due to its length, scope, orchestration, and magnitude
of difficulty. Because of these elements, the Silhouettes de Comédie has languished in obscurity. The purpose of this treatise will be to discuss in depth all aspects of the Silhouettes in order to bring this major work by a renowned composer back to the public awareness and add it to the bassoonist’s repertoire. In addition to providing biographical information concerning Koechlin’s life and career, this treatise includes an in-depth study of each of the movements of the Silhouettes de Comédie. The character of each movement is indicated by a descriptive title. Some of the movements are dedicated to single characters from the Commedia dell’Arte tradition, but others are more likely to have been inspired by a combination of Commedia-influenced art, drama, poetry, film, and
literature from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
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