Date of Completion

Spring 5-1-2020

Thesis Advisor(s)

Jesús A. Ramos-Kittrell

Honors Major


Second Honors Major

Pharmacy Studies


Music Performance | Music Theory


Eugene Ysaÿe’s Violin Sonata No. 2 has been influenced by the baroque music of Johann Sebastian Bach and the musical techniques brought forth by the Franco-Belgian Violin School. Each sonata movement has musical elements incorporating virtuosic techniques such as ponticello, chromaticism, and emphasis of the tri-tone. The performer draws attention to the audience by using advanced performance practices to change the piece's color and story. Ysaÿe engages with these ideas to share a musical and personal journey through each sonata movement, dedicating it to Jacques Thibaud. This violin sonata is a pinnacle to the violin repertoire, emphasizing the importance of bringing recognition to twentieth-century compositions.