Title

The viola works of Benjamin Dale: A contextual study two Lecture-Recitals -and- An exegesis

Date of Award

2017

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (Performing Arts)

School

Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA)

First Advisor

Dr Jonathan Paget

Second Advisor

Dr Paul Hopwood

Third Advisor

Associate Professor Alex da Costa

Field of Research Code

1 9 0 4 0 7

Abstract

This study makes a re-evaluation of the music of Benjamin Dale through a contextual investigation of his works for viola. Dale belonged to an eminent pre-war league of British composers studying at the Royal Academy of Music under the keen Wagnerian Frederick Corder. Analysis is employed to interrogate the ‘Wagnerian’ aspects of Dale’s musical language through an application of contemporaneous understandings of Wagner demonstrated in Corder’s English writings. Consideration is given to the extent that these associations factored into Dale’s subsequent post-war neglect. Dale’s late-romantic idiom and associated performance practices (including vibrato, portamenti, idiosyncratic fingerings, and bowings) are demonstrated through two lecture recitals, which also underscore the importance of Dale’s collaboration with leading violist Lionel Tertis.

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Access to this thesis - the thesis exegesis and the two Lecture recitals are restricted to current ECU staff and students by author's request. Email request to library@ecu.edu.au

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