Marietta Shaginyan and the
fourteen Songs Oo. 34 By Sergei Rachmaninoff
Area of Honors:
Bachelor of Science
Charles Dowell Youmans, Thesis Supervisor Mark Edward Ballora, Honors Advisor
Marietta Shaginyan Sergei Rachmaninoff Fourteen Songs Vocalise Russia Death The Muse It Cannot Be Violoncello
My thesis has three components: a recital, program notes, and a research paper. My recital was thirty minutes long and included the Vocalise, Op. 34, No.14 by Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943), the Elégie, Op. 24 by Gabriel Fauré (1845-1942), and the Fantasiestücke, Op. 73 by Robert Schumann (1810-1856). For my program notes, I wrote brief descriptions and background information on the pieces to help my audience better understand and appreciate the music. The purpose of the research-paper component is to investigate the Fourteen Songs, Op. 34 more thoroughly, and particular to consider the influence Shaginyan had on these works and on Rachmaninoff’s musical career. My thesis allowed me to explore, study, and contemplate what I love: music and creativity.