Arts and Sciences
Music, Music History
My research is about Carl Maria von Weber’s piece Andante and Rondo Ungarese Op. 35 for bassoon (1809). I am investigating this piece from a historical, cultural, and analytical perspective. I analyze this piece by tracing its references to an existing operatic genre and popular national style, namely, the use of the Air Varié genre and style hongrois national musical dialect. My data for the historical and cultural perspectives is derived from careful placement of my research within existing sources by scholars including Jonathon Bellman, Clive Brown, Matthew Head, and Csilla Pethö. More specifically, my research answers a question and fills a gap, namely, the prevalence of exoticism in Weber’s writing through markers of the two of the most popular styles of the time, which current research has not yet addressed. My data for the analytical perspective is derived from tracing Air Varié elements in the first section and style hongrois elements in the second section of this piece. My findings show that Carl Maria von Weber’s dual approach in Andante and Rondo Ungarese demonstrates a recipe for success. Weber's piece, therefore, deserves to be better known and understood. My research will serve future scholarship on the music of Carl Maria von Weber.
Kolacki, Ahnnabella, "Combining Operatic Air Varié with style hongrois in Andante e Rondo Ungarese (1813): A Recipe for Success" (2020). Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE). 898.