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String Quartets by Boris Dubosarschi: style and performance issues

Author: Ureche Alexandru
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: Vladimir Andrieş
doctor, professor, Agrarian State University of Moldova
Institution: Academy of Music of the Theatre and Fine Arts


The thesis was presented on the 18 March, 2022
Approved by NCAA on the 1 July, 2022


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CZU [785.74:780.614.3]:781.6(043.2)

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string quartet, Boris Dubosarschi, Dmitri Shostakovich, leitmotif, monogram, d-es-c-h, polyphony, national radio string quarte


Thesis pursuing PhD in arts (Music), Major 653.01 – Musicology (Professional Doctorate).

The structure of the thesis: introduction, four chapters, general conclusions and recommendations, bibliography consisting of 101 titles (in Romanian, Russian and English), 91 main text pages and four addendums on 51 pages: 111 music examples, the list of works for string quartet by composers from the Republic of Moldova, the abbreviation list and the list of concert performances supplemented with DVD.

Field of study: music in the Republic of Moldova, musical performing, chamber music, string quartet genre.

The purpose and tasks of the research: is to provide with an exhaustive information on the four string quartets by B. Dubosarschi and to create a performance concept of each cycle based on its stylistic features.

The thesis objectives: to undertake research of the quartets by B. Dubosarschi on the level of style and semantics; to carry out a performance analysis of the author’s four string quartets; to produce a set of methodical guidelines to facilitate de process of study and performance of the cycles; to promote the string quartets by B. Dubosarschi on stage.

The conceptual novelty and originality: the work represents the first musicological analysis of the String Quartets of B. Dubosarschi focused on compositional and style issues which offers performance recommendations based on the analysis of the quartet’s recordings by the National Radio String Quartet, but also on personal experience of performing the four cycles, thus merging the theoretical research with practical implementation of the works.

Application value of the work: The results of the research can be used by performers, teachers or students as part of the process of studying and preparing the String Quartets of B. Dubosarschi for stage performance, as well as in the scientific research by the musicologists as part of the process of study of the quartets on a historical-analytical level. The research will offer a theoretical and methodical foundation for education and performance purposes, but also for following research in the field of string quartet work.

The implementation of the results: The results of the research have been approved as part of 4 scientific conferences, reflected in 5 published articles and 1 abstract, and 1 abstract, while applied in performance practice in doctorate recitals along with concert performances in Chisinau and Iasi. 6