2018 Student Research Conference:
31st Annual Student Research Conference

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: The Lost Flute Concerto


Donald E. Rabin
Dr. Julianna Moore and Dr. Marc Rice, Faculty Mentors

This project analyzes Tchaikovsky’s Concertstück for Flute and Orchestra, arguing that the work should be considered an original and important piece for the classical flute repertoire, even though it was not completed by the composer. In order to justify its importance in the classical genre, this project first examines the composer’s life and influences, and the relationship of the original draft to the published version. The project then reveals the methods used by James Strauss to complete the draft by utilizing typical compositional strategies of the Romantic period and incorporating Tchaikovsky’s other pieces as separate movements.  Although the work was left unfinished by Tchaikovsky, the completion of the sketched draft represents Tchaikovsky’s creativity and compositional ideas. The justification of why the piece should be directly associated with the composer is debated in this selection. 

Keywords: Tchaikovsky, Flute, Concerto, Draft, James, Strauss, Represents, Composer

Topic(s):Music

Presentation Type: Performance Art

Session: 412-4
Location: OP Performance Hall
Time: 4:00

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