Creating Cadenzas
(Cadenzas Fall2018)

The most notable feature of a performer’s creative contribution to a written composition, since the early eighteenth century the cadenza has earned a unique place, mostly in the concerto repertoire. In creating our own cadenzas, we should first analyze the harmonic language, themes, and formal structure of the specific concerto; and learn about other cadenzas by the composer or from his/her time. Then, we can practice idiomatic figurations on our instruments, try to continue differently themes from the concerto, and plan the structure of our own cadenza. The question whether a cadenza should be in the style of the concerto will be addressed, and examples of existing cadenzas will be discussed as well. We will also learn about the history of cadenza improvisation and composition. At the end of the semester, students will perform their own composed cadenzas.