Type of Document Treatise Author Audi, Carlos Eduardo Author's Email Address email@example.com URN etd-11132006-004319 Title Osvaldo Lacerda: His Importance to Brazilian Music and Elements of his Musical Style Degree Doctor of Musical Arts Department Music, College of Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Evan Jones Committee Chair Bruce Holzman Committee Member Dale Olsen Committee Member Michael Allen Committee Member Keywords
- Alexandre Levy
- Carlos Audi
- String Quartet
- Musical Analysis
- Mario de Andrade
- Camargo Guarnieri
- Brazilian Nationalism
- Brazilian Music
- Osvaldo Lacerda
- Folk and Popular Music
Date of Defense 2006-11-06 Availability unrestricted AbstractOsvaldo Costa de Lacerda (b. 1927) is one of the most important composers of contemporary Brazilian music. His musical output has already reached over three hundred and fifty works in all areas including solo, chamber, orchestral, and vocal music. In addition, in the past sixty years, he has played a central role as a representative of Brazilian musical nationalism, as a music educator, and as an active promoter of national music and musicians. Lacerda also has achieved international stature, having his works published and performed in countries such as the United States, Germany, and England.
This treatise discusses Lacerda’s ties to Brazilian nationalism by giving a historical background of the movement and showing the influence of some of its important figures such as Alexandre Levy, Alberto Nepomuceno, Mário de Andrade, Heitor Villa-Lobos, and Camargo Guarnieri on the composer’s ideas and musical style. The study also outlines Lacerda’s pedagogical career as a teacher and author of music theory books, and his membership in music organizations concerned with the spread and support of Brazilian music.
This treatise then analyzes selected works by Lacerda – the string quartets, and pieces for cello, oboe, voice, percussion, and solo piano – to identify and demonstrate elements of his compositional style. These elements include melodic, rhythmic, polyphonic, and harmonic patterns present in Brazilian folk and popular music that are derived from European, African, and Amerindian music. Lacerda’s music also shows traits that can be traced back to the styles of Debussy, Guarnieri, and Villa-Lobos.
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