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Krawitz, Justin

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Reddick, Carissa

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This research has the purpose of analyzing the works for violin and piano of Edmundo Villani-Côrtes. Considered one of the most important Brazilian composers of our time, Villani-Côrtes’ experience with popular and classical music brought to his works a blend of styles that became his trademark. His music has been regularly performed at the most prestigious concert halls in Brazil and increasingly so abroad. A brief overview of Brazilian music history provides contextualization and includes the name and contribution of important composers who preceded and influenced Villani-Côrtes. A look into Villani-Côrtes’ development as a musician, observing how he came to mature his style, brings light to the analysis of the selected works in this paper. The pieces chosen for this study--Sonata Encantada (Enchanted Sonata), Luz (Light) and Águas Claras (Clear Waters)--reveal aspects that are typical of classical music as much as aspects from different types of modern music such as jazz and Brazilian popular music. A detailed analysis of the form, harmony, and style of these works are followed by a performance guide that intends to bring out important aspects to be considered in their interpretation and performance. Villani-Côrtes’ eclectic approach to music and his openness to new ideas has contributed to the creation of works that are both unique and universal, as the current tendency of incorporating music elements from different traditions has impacted composers from many cultures.


Águas Claras, analysis, Edmundo Villani-Côrtes, Luz, performance guide, Sonata Encantada


218 pages

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