Date of Award

Spring 5-8-2020

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Music


School of Music

First Advisor

Samantha Inman

Second Advisor

Andrew Parr

Third Advisor

Stephen Lias

Fourth Advisor

Inga Meier


This thesis examines and models the process of analysis as a means for performers, particularly pianists, to engage with the large-scale organizational features of musical works, using the Piano Sonata, Opus 12 by Jean Sibelius as a case study. The unique character and structure of each of the three movements suggests an equally wide range of approaches to analysis, including studies in sonata form, construction of a musical narrative based on external source material, and the use of concepts from Sonata Theory to explain the logic of a highly unconventional tonal and thematic design. The analyses are interwoven with a large-scale approach to performance interpretation, which provides a framework for making surface-level performance decisions.

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