Date of Graduation
College of Creative Arts
School of Music
This research paper provides an analysis of Variations on Balkan Themes, Op. 60, one of Amy Beach’s most significant solo piano works. Variations on Balkan Themes exists in four different versions: the 1906 original solo piano version, a 1936 revised solo piano version, a 1942 two-piano version and fragments of an orchestral version. This paper is focused on Beach’s 1906 original solo piano work. The analysis includes descriptions of the character of each variation, the structure, the pianistic figures and selected harmonic analysis as well as information comparing the four different versions. Beach’s biographical information, historical background of the work and music examples of the Balkan folksongs on which Beach based the piece are also included.
Zhang, Yiwen, "An Analysis of Amy Beach's Variations on Balkan Themes, Op. 60" (2021). Graduate Theses, Dissertations, and Problem Reports. 8122.