A Lecture Recital: The Lives of Notable Members of The "modern" French Flute School with a Performance of Dedicated Works

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Clapper, Laura Marie
Area of Honors:
Bachelor of Music
Document Type:
Thesis Supervisors:
  • Eleanor Duncan Armstrong, Thesis Supervisor
  • Mark Edward Ballora, Honors Advisor
  • Flute
  • Music
  • French
This thesis accompanies my senior lecture recital as a demonstration of research on The “Modern” French Flute School. The recital itself was the practical and artistic representation of my creative work as a flutist and musician, while the lecture portion of the recital was focused on informing the audience of the historical importance of the performed works and their context within the lives of important figures associated with The French Flute School. Each performed work was selected based on the premise that it was dedicated to one of four important figures: Paul Taffanel, Georges Barrère, Marcel Moyse, and Jean-Pierre Rampal. This research allows for an enhanced understanding of the crucial role these figures played on the development of the flute as a reputable solo and ensemble instrument that is capable of both versatility and virtuosity. The recital works themselves represent a variety of genres, including a morceau de concours (competition piece) for the Paris Conservatoire, a sonata, a concerto, and two unaccompanied works for flute. The final outcome of the performance, accompanying lecture, and more in-depth research is divulged in this thesis and serves as a representation of my artistic, musical, and academic abilities.