Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)


College of Music and Dramatic Arts

Document Type



The compositions of Nikolai Medtner (1880-1951) have received increasing attention in both performance and scholarship. This monograph explores the influence of the Beethoven tradition in Medtner’s piano sonatas with a focus on performance and pedagogy. An examination of Medtner’s biography contextualizes Medtner’s training in composition and performance, as well as philosophical and personal influences. Next, the study examines Medtner’s writings on Beethoven as well as current scholarship on the piano sonatas of the two composers, observing influences in overall formal and stylistic characteristics. Exploring performance and pedagogy, the study considers examples from Medtner’s recordings of his Sonata Tragica, Op. 39, No. 5 and Beethoven’s Sonata Op. 57. Finally, the study proposes integration of Medtner’s sonatas within the standard pedagogical and performance context alongside the works of Beethoven, using Medtner’s own practice as a model.



Committee Chair

Delony, Willis

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