Honors Program Theses


Open Access Honors Program Thesis

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Amanda McCandless


When composing music, inspiration can be drawn from many sources. Some composers find inspiration in the works of other composers, some draw on innovations of the technical aspects of instruments, and some find a muse. Heinrich Baermann became the muse for composers Carl Maria von Weber and Felix Mendelssohn. Each composer wrote several pieces for Baermann, and worked with him personally. It is clear that Heinrich Baermann was a virtuoso clarinetist who helped define an era of clarinet playing, but his direct influence on the aforementioned composers has rarely been analyzed. Developing a greater understanding of this influence is important because the pieces are a major part of clarinet repertoire.

The pieces discussed in this paper were selected due the influence Heinrich Baermann had on both Carl Maria von Weber and Felix Mendelssohn. Musical analysis is an excellent way to understand pieces of music, but not all aspects of the pieces can be understood through this method. I also employed the method of performance to gain further understanding of the music by programming a piece written by each composer on my senior clarinet recital.

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School of Music

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


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