Scarlatti and Kurtág : a case study in creative programming : a research paper presented in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree Master of Music at Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand
This research paper explores developing trends in programming recitals by way of a case study that juxtaposes keyboard works of composers Domenico Scarlatti (1685 - 1757) and György Kurtág (b.1926). It studies the preparation and performance of a recital of works by these two composers within the context of similar performances by artists of international standing. This paper places the piano recital within an historical context and explores some of the changes that have occurred in the presentation of instrumental music to the present day, including the growing trend towards concerts that alternate elements in order to create links between them. Research into possible links between Domenico Scarlatti and György Kurtág covers both biographical information and compositional techniques used in the works being examined. The paper documents the process of developing a programme which specifically seeks to establish audible connections between juxtaposed works by the two composers and details both subjective and external responses to the performance.