Honors Program Theses


Open Access Honors Program Thesis

First Advisor

Amanda McCandless


Johannes Brahms' Sonata in F minor, no. 1 opus 120 is a very important piece in clarinet repertoire. The piece was originally composed for Richard Muhlfeld, a clarinet virtuoso in Brahms' time. This sonata has been performed and recorded by many musicians. Each individual that performs the sonata creates his or her own unique interpretation of the work. The artists investigated in this study come from various schools of thought including the French school, the German school, the British school, the American school, viola transcriptions, and period instruments. Every piece of music has a formal structure, which is its foundation. This includes melodic lines, harmonic structures, stylistic markings, and form of the piece. These aspects must be examined within the sonata in order to gain an optimum comprehension of the work. It is my intent to give a unique performance of Brahms' Sonata in F minor, which will be achieved by an analysis and comparison of recordings of various artists.

Year of Submission



School of Music

University Honors Designation

A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors


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