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Piano transcription as translation in music : cross-genre adaptations

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Yang, VC-Y (2014) Piano transcription as translation in music : cross-genre adaptations. PhD thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Abstract

Piano transcription is often used as a vehicle for virtuosity in modern piano recitals;
however, there has been little academic research into this field, particularly from the
standpoint of the performer. This research project has explored the evolution of piano
transcription in concert performance, with the findings presented in a folio of
recorded performances with an accompanying exegesis. The project has focused on
cross-medium transcriptions – from violoncello to piano and from one culture to
another – documented in a series of international piano recitals. The exegesis
contextualises these performances with analysis of those transcriptions, and includes a
series of original transcriptions drawing on techniques discovered in the analysis of
the performed transcriptions.
The transcriptions performed in recital for this project included Liszt’s ‘Paganini
Etude’ and ‘Valse de l’Opera’, and transcriptions of works of J.S. Bach by Siloti,
Kempff and Busoni. Included are also original transcriptions of Bach’s Violoncello
Suite No.6 and two oriental melodies: ‘Jasmine Flower’ and ‘Silver Cloud in a Moon
Night.’ These original transcriptions demonstrate comprehension of the variety of
melodic, harmonic and gestural characteristics possible in virtuosic transcriptions for
the piano.
This research has identified that the performance of piano transcriptions can provide
audience appeal by presenting a tune that is familiar in a new musical interpretation
including a change from one instrumental medium to another and that transcriptions
can provide an artistically valid way of expanding the repertoire and musical
expression of pianists.

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