A stylistic, contextual, and musical analysis of Rachmaninoff's "Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini", Op. 43
Bailey, Walter B.
Doctor of Musical Arts
This document explores the use of the theme from Paganini's 24 th Caprice and the Dies Irae in Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43. The two themes are studied from a historical and musical perspective, and their contribution to the work's dramatic and musical design is analyzed. Chapter V is an extensive musical discussion of each of the work's twenty-four variations, where phrase structure, thematic relations, harmonic and melodic shapes, rhythmic patterns, dramatic implications, and performance challenges are discussed.