Orchestrations and Transformations: Guilmant, Widor, and the Emergence of Music for Organ and Orchestra in France

dc.contributor.advisorDirst, Matthew
dc.contributor.committeeMemberKoozin, Timothy
dc.contributor.committeeMemberRobinson, Daryl
dc.contributor.committeeMemberWeber, Betsy C.
dc.creatorGing, Michael David
dc.creator.orcid0000-0003-1150-7563
dc.date.accessioned2018-06-22T21:53:23Z
dc.date.available2018-06-22T21:53:23Z
dc.date.createdMay 2018
dc.date.issued2018-05
dc.date.submittedMay 2018
dc.date.updated2018-06-22T21:53:23Z
dc.description.abstractThis essay traces the emergence of music for organ and orchestra in France. Félix-Alexandre Guilmant and Charles-Marie Widor were the first two Frenchmen to compose and perform such works. Guilmant premiered his Symphonie pour orgue et orchestre, op. 42, in 1878. Widor’s Symphonie pour orgue et orchestre, op. 42(bis), was first performed in 1882. The musical material of neither of these symphonies was originally conceived for organ and orchestra. Rather than create new musical works, both composers opted to re-work existing compositions for solo organ. Guilmant’s first symphony is an orchestration of Sonata I in D Minor, op. 42, while Widor’s symphony is based on one movement of his Symphonie II and two movements from his Symphonie VI. In addition to tracing the development of the genre, this document examines primary instrumentation texts that originated in France during the eighteenth, nineteenth, and early twentieth centuries. Biographical information about the composers is also included. The concluding section of this essay focuses on salient compositional strategies the two composers employed as they orchestrated and transformed their solo organ works into symphonies for organ and orchestra.
dc.description.departmentMusic, Moores School of
dc.format.digitalOriginborn digital
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10657/3123
dc.language.isoeng
dc.rightsThe author of this work is the copyright owner. UH Libraries and the Texas Digital Library have their permission to store and provide access to this work. Further transmission, reproduction, or presentation of this work is prohibited except with permission of the author(s).
dc.subjectGuilmant
dc.subjectWidor
dc.subjectSymphony for Organ and Orchestra
dc.subjectOrchestration
dc.titleOrchestrations and Transformations: Guilmant, Widor, and the Emergence of Music for Organ and Orchestra in France
dc.type.dcmiText
dc.type.genreThesis
thesis.degree.collegeKathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts
thesis.degree.departmentMusic, Moores School of
thesis.degree.disciplineMusic
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Houston
thesis.degree.levelDoctoral
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Musical Arts

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