The Second Piano Sonata by Dimitrii Shostakovich: A style analysis
AuthorTentser, Alexander, 1965-
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AbstractDmitrii Shostakovich is widely recognized as one of the most significant composers of the twentieth century. A prolific composer, he left an important mark in virtually every genre, most notably in the string quartet and the symphony. His Second Piano Sonata, a work of grandiose dimensions and great originality, is the hallmark of his mature creative period, along with works such as the Seventh "Leningrad" Symphony and the Second Piano trio. This study explores the mature piano style of Shostakovich evident in the Second Piano Sonata. It examines harmony, melody and texture as signifiers of style in this Sonata, and compares these stylistic traits with those in his earlier compositions as well as contemporaneous works by other composers, most notably, Sergei Prokofiev. The craftsmanship, broad outlines, and significance of the Second Piano Sonata earn it a place among the major works of twentieth century piano repertoire.
Degree ProgramGraduate College
Music and Dance