McNair Scholars Research Journal


This research addresses cadenza composition in the classical style and improvisation for flutists and other woodwind performers. Classical concerti continue to be performed frequently, requiring performers to select or compose cadenzas for these concerti. This research discusses the background and purpose of classical cadenzas, and the qualities present in historically accurate classical cadenzas. The research also addresses issues relevant to modern performers composing and improvising cadenzas, culminating in cadenzas composed by the author for the Mozart Concerto in G Major, K. 313 for flute and orchestra.