"Narrative and Allusion in Friedrich Kuhlau's Introduction and Variations on Euryanthe for Flute and Piano, Op. 63."
My dissertation examines the popular showpiece in relationship to the Music Drama that inspired it, uncovering a wealth of allusions and tonal symbolism. In my own performance, I've found that exploring Kuhlau's model (Weber's Euryanthe) has profoundly influenced the way I approach the piece. My research unearths the referential web of character-based motives woven throughout Kuhlau's work, without dictating any particular artistic interpretation to the performer. I leave the decision-making to the artist, because that's the fun part! Enjoy!