Document Type

Dissertation

Date of Degree

Spring 2016

Degree Name

DMA (Doctor of Musical Arts)

Degree In

Music

First Advisor

Ksenia Nosikova

Abstract

Tales of Old Grandmother, Op. 31 by Prokofiev is based on a fairy tale theme. It can be considered as both a most valuable pedagogical piece for young students and as a piece for the concert repertoire. However, this piece was under-appreciated by most piano performers and piano pedagogues for many years, even though it was praised by several well-known composers and was often played by other pianists and Prokofiev himself. The main aim of this study is to promote the Tales so that they will be performed and taught more often. All of the complex harmonic language, unique unforgettable lyricism and Prokofiev's typical compositional elements are presented in this score, allowing it to serve as a great concert repertoire choice. At the same time, the simple format setting, less demanding technique and the fairy tale theme can easily catch and hold a children's interest. Therefore, Tales of Old Grandmother contains both performance value and pedagogical value. This premise is achieved through a discussion of Prokofiev's unfailing interest in fairy tales and comparisons between Tales of Old Grandmother with Prokofiev's advanced piano works and with his Music for Children, Op. 65. Lastly, a performance guide is given suggesting different performance interpretations, various practice strategies and several efficient teaching methods regarding the Tales of Old Grandmother, Op. 31.

Public Abstract

Tales of Old Grandmother, Op. 31, by Prokofiev is based on a fairy tale theme. It is both a valuable pedagogical piece for young students and a valuable part of the professional concert repertoire. However, this piece was under-appreciated by most pianists and piano pedagogues for many years, despite praise from several well-known composers and performances by many famous pianists and Prokofiev himself. The purpose of this study is to promote Tales of Old Grandmother, so that it will be performed and taught more often. The score presents complex harmonic language, unique, unforgettable lyricism, and Prokofiev’s other typical compositional elements. At the same time, the simple musical form, lack of technically challenging passages, and the fairy tale theme can easily catch and hold a child’s interest. Therefore, Tales of Old Grandmother has both performance value and also pedagogical value. This essay will discuss Prokofiev’s intense interest in fairy tales and will compare Tales of Old Grandmother with Prokofiev’s advanced piano works and his Music for Children, Op. 65. Lastly, an included performance guide suggests different performance interpretations, practice strategies and several efficient teaching methods regarding the study of Tales of Old Grandmother, Op. 31.

Keywords

publicabstract, Piano Composition, Piano Pedagogy, Sergei Prokofiev, Tales of Old Grandmother

Pages

ix, 99

Bibliography

96-99

Copyright

Copyright 2016 Wenjing Liu

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