Title page for ETD etd-04032005-204912

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Pereira, Hoffmann Urquiza
Author's Email Address pereirhu@hiwassee.edu
URN etd-04032005-204912
Title A Conductor's Study of Villa-Lobos's Magnificat-Alleluia and Bendita Sabedoria
Degree Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.)
Department Music
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Kenneth Fulton Committee Chair
Jan Herlinger Committee Member
Sara Lynn Baird Committee Member
William Grimes Committee Member
Bainard Cowan Dean's Representative
  • bendita sabedoria
  • choral music
  • Villa-Lobos
  • conducting
Date of Defense 2004-12-08
Availability unrestricted
Heitor Villa-Lobos is one of the most important names in South American music and probably the most important name in Brazilian music. His musical output includes symphonies, symphonic poems, operas, chamber music, concertos, and choral music, among other genres. His choral music output is significant and includes pieces in which the chorus seems to be used for color and rhythm in a primarily instrumental texture, educational music, folk and secular pieces, large scale choral pieces, and sacred music.

This document provides a brief survey of his choral music and a conductor's study of his last two choral works, Bendita Sabedoria and Magnificat-Alleluia. The research is divided into three chapters. The first chapter, entitled "Survey of Villa-Lobos's Choral Music," briefly examines the principal categories of his choral output. Works such as Nonetto, Quatuor (including female choir), Choros no.10, Missa São Sebastião, Missa Vidapura, and Pater Noster are used as examples. The second and third chapters are entitled "A Conductor's Study of Villa-Lobos's Bendita Sabedoria" and "A Conductor's Study of Villa-Lobos's Magnificat-Alleluia," respectively. The two works are examined in the areas of text, form, texture, harmony, rhythm, and orchestration, with suggestions for their interpretation and preparation of the two works included in the conductor's study.

Villa-Lobos's choral music encompasses a variety of choral works in different categories. Among these, Bendita-Sabedoria and Magnificat-Alleluia are outstanding works that deserve more frequent performances due to their inherent musical qualities.

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