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CNAA / Theses / 2019 / June /

Tratarea timbrului în creația simfonică a lui Pavel Rivilis

Author: Pîslari Snejana
Degree:doctor of history and Theory of Arts, Cultorology
Speciality: 17.00.01 - Audio-visual Arts (with specification: Theatrical Art; Musical Art; Cinematography, TV and other form of Audio-Visual Arts)
Scientific adviser: Tatiana Berezovicova
doctor, professor, Academy of Music of the Theatre and Fine Arts
Institution: Academy of Music of the Theatre and Fine Arts


The thesis was presented on the 17 June, 2019
Approved by NCAA on the 27 September, 2019


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CZU 785.11:781.22(043.5):785.11(478)

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dramaturgie timbrală, monodie, orchestră simfonică, Pavel Rivilis, principiu organistic, timbru mixt, timbru pur


The structure consists of: an introduction, four chapters, the main conclusion and recommendations, bibliography comprising 200 titles, 4 appendices, 123 pages of main text, and 34 pages of appendices. The results of current study is published in 13 scientific papers.

Area of research: symphonic music in the Republic of Moldova.

The main purpose of current research is the study of timbre treatment particularities in the symphonic works of Pavel Rivilis.

The objectives: to reveal the structural aspects and the musical language in the opuses that were written by Pavel Rivilis during the 1970s-1990s, such as Symphonic dances, Unisons, Concerto for orchestra, Bourdons, Stikhira, orchestral transcription of Chaconne from The Partita in D minor for solo violin by J. S. Bach; to describe the approaches to working with the timbre; to determine the concept of pure timbre and mixed timbres; to examine the question of orchestral implementation of monody; to describe the principle of organ-like polyphonic thinking in symphonic works.

The scientific novelty and the originality. Current dissertation is the first music study, in which the symphonic works of Pavel Rivilis are of the main concern. In this study, for the first time in the history of national musicology, the author raises questions related to timbre treatment in symphonic works, in particular, the implementation of monody through organ-aesthetics in order to create unique orchestral sounds.

The originality of this research is achieved through the identification and analysis of the methods used by Pavel Rivilis in working with the timbre, as the main parameter of the orchestral texture. The important scientific problem solved by the author in this research is the holistic elucidation of the approach to timbre treatment used by Pavel Rivilis in his symphonic works. This clarification allows the comprehension of the process in which the composer works with orchestral material, and helps to define his compositions well deserved place within the national musical culture.

Theoretical value. Current dissertation contributes to further development of several important musicology fields, such as History of Music, History of Orchestral Styles, and Orchestration. The appendices may also be of a particular interest to the researchers that work in interdisciplinary fields, such as Music Psychology and Cultural Studies. In addition, the results of this study may serve as a foundation for future research.

The practical significance. The content of this dissertation may be used as a methodological guidance for courses, such as Composition, Instrumentation, History of Orchestral Styles, and History of National Music. Current practical recommendations, may be useful to composers, musicologists and conductors of symphonic orchestras, in their artistic life, as well as scientific researches.

The implementation of the scientific results. Current research is already recognized at the international scientific conferences held in the Republic of Moldova and Russian Federation, present in 13 scientific publications, as well as in author’s works as a composer, and her teaching courses within the Musicology and Composition Department at the Academy of Music, Theater, and Fine Arts, and at Educational Arts Center „Stefan Neaga”.