The Use of Eastern Orthodox Chants and Their Impact on the Harmonic Language of Pyotr Tchaikovsky's All-Night Vigil
AuthorHwang, Joo Yeon
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AbstractComposed between 1881 and 1882, the Russian Orthodox liturgical work All-Night Vigil, op.52 by Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky exhibits two distinctive characteristics. One is that Tchaikovsky used the Eastern Orthodox chant melodies, and second he makes the submediant chord a significant part of his work. He emphasizes the submediant function by using the sixth degree frequently and treating it as an alternate tonal focus. This style of emphasizing the submediant chord often results in a dual tonic.
Degree ProgramGraduate College