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Date of Graduation
Bachelor of Music (BM)
School of Music
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.
Chen, Rebecca Lin, "Brazilian piano through the ages: A look at the development in style through the context of social issues and historical influences" (2012). Senior Honors Projects, 2010-2019. 400.