Excerpt: Performance and Theoretical Analysis of Dinos Constantinides' Twentieth-Century Studies for Two Violins
The purpose of this paper is to provide musical, compositional, technical and pedagogical analysis of the collection of studies entitled Twentieth-Century Studies for Two Violins
by Dinos Constantinides. The performance analysis will expound on the contents (facts about intervals, bow strokes, extended instrumental techniques, etc.), the technical challenges (for the left and right hands, the ear, and the mind), and the musical requirements (phrasing, expression, etc.) set forth in the study. The musical and compositional analysis concerns the style, the harmonic, melodic, rhythmic, and metric language, as well as the phrase structure and formal design of the etude.