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Approaches to the performance of musical and extra-musical references in Shostakovich's Viola Sonata : exegesis submitted to Massey University and Victoria University of Wellington in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Musical Arts in Performance, New Zealand School of Music
This paper is an examination of Shostakovich’s Viola Sonata, op. 147, for developing a
stylistically informed performance practice. It is divided into three parts: The first is an
investigation of symbolism present within the work itself; the second a comparative analysis
of recordings; and the third a discussion of how the author uses these approaches to make
performance decisions. The first aspect looks to the score itself to identify quotations of and
allusions to other works, and considers the reasoning for this. The second analyses string
choice and tempo of recordings to consider how these might reflect symbolic considerations.
The third part discusses specific performance decisions, and the reasons on which they are