Formal and harmonic analysis of Juan Crisostomo de Arriaga's Symphony in D

Document Type



Master of Music (MM)



First Advisor's Name

Stewart Robertson

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Luis Gomez Imbert

Third Advisor's Name

Fredrick Kaufman

Date of Defense



The short, and rather intense, life of Juan Crisóstomo de Arriaga represents a great tragedy for Spain's musical history, since, had him lived longer, it is believed that this Spanish composer could have matched the mastery and accomplishments of geniuses such as Bach, Mozart or Beethoven. His sudden death at the young age of nineteen (he died ten days before he turned twenty) voided such promise.

The purpose of this paper is mainly the formal and harmonic analysis of his symphony in D, and in addition, to trace the most significant events of Arriaga's life and to provide relevant information about his music, published scores, and available discography.



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