Type of Document Treatise Author Mota, Gisele Pires Author's Email Address email@example.com URN etd-12102009-171630 Title The Songs for Voice and Piano by Ronaldo Miranda: Music, Poetry, Performance and Phonetic Transcription Degree Doctor of Musical Arts Department Music, College of Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Carolyn Bridger Committee Chair Stanford Olsen Committee Member Matthew Shaftel University Representative Keywords
- Brazilian Art Song
- Ronaldo Miranda
- Solo Art Song
- Latin America Classical Music
- Music and Words Studies
Date of Defense 2009-11-23 Availability unrestricted AbstractOne of the heritages of Romanticism is the concept of song as Lied, a song in which voice and piano have equal responsibility in conveying the deepest meaning of a poem. Brazilian classical composers have a particular attraction for this instrumentation. Heitor Villa-Lobos, Francisco Mignone and Camargo Guarnieri have all demonstrated mastery in the art of song writing. This tradition of excellence in song composition continues in the art songs of an important living Brazilian composer, Ronaldo Miranda.
Ronaldo Miranda is one of the leading figures in contemporary Brazilian music. His musical output includes compositions for piano (solo, piano four-hands and duo pianos), instrumental solo (flute, cello, harpsichord, guitar, and clarinet), chamber ensemble, and orchestra, besides numerous choral works, two operas, eight songs for voice and piano and three pieces for voice with other instrumentation.
The present research focuses on the eight songs for voice and piano by the composer. Using Jan LaRueís guidelines for style analysis for an understanding of the music, this study applies an interdisciplinary approach in a methodological attempt to join poetry and music. The discussion about the relationship between music and words is based on the studies of Stein and Spillman in their book Poetry into Song: Performance and Analysis of Lieder. The literary concept of persona (who is talking in a poem) is the one described by Edward T. Cone in The Composerís Voice.
The goals of this treatise are twofold: 1) to provide a performance guide for both the singer and the pianist on the eight songs for voice and piano by Ronaldo Miranda with suggestions for shaping interpretive ideas and emphasis on the dramatic role of the performers, and 2) to promote Brazilian art song by facilitating access to the Portuguese language through IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet) transcriptions. General guidelines to Brazilian lyric Portuguese and a pronunciation chart for phonetic reference are also provided. Facsimiles of the composerís manuscript are included in an appendix.
Through this study it was possible to capture essential information for both performers, the singer and the pianist, as well as to shape interpretative decisions, offered as suggestions and as an incentive for creative performance decisions.
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