Senior Honors Projects, 2010-2019

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Date of Graduation

Spring 2012

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Music (BM)


School of Music


Paulo Steinberg

Andrew Connell

Bob Hallahan


This project seeks to explore the development of piano music in Brazil, through the historical and social context of five different composers: Chiquinha Gonzaga, Ernesto Nazareth, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Francisco Mignone, and Edmundo Villani-Côrtes. By studying representative pieces of these composers, main influences are revealed, such as avoidance of or defying social stigmas, the impact of choro music, the influence of folklore and folk tunes, and the European and Romantic piano tradition. Furthermore, through the work of a composer still living today, we can trace these historical aspects into the modern day.



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