Faculty Sponsor

Katharina Uhde


Arts and Sciences


Music, Music History

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Symposium Date

Spring 5-1-2020


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.

Biographical Information about Author(s)

Ahnnabella Kolacki is a Junior studying Music Industry and Marketing from Lemont, IL. She grew up playing the piano, oboe, and fell in love with the bassoon. At Valparaiso Univerisity, Ahnnabella has been a member of the Chamber Concert Band and Symphony Orchestra, touring to China in 2019. Ahnnabella also interned with the Lyric Opera of Chicago in their marketing department working on campaigns during their 2018-2019 season. Last year she was awarded the Pillar of Excellence in the Arts after being nominated by her peers for her dedication to the art at Valparaiso University and in the community. Currently, Ahnnabella studies bassoon with Professor Steve Ingle, Weber’s Andante and Rondo Ungarese Op. 35 is a piece Ahnnabella has studied intensely and is excited to bring it to life with her research.