Title page for ETD etd-07072011-164926

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Pinto, Diego Daflon Tavares
Author's Email Address diegodaflon@gmail.com
URN etd-07072011-164926
Title Brazilian Music for Youth Choir by FUNARTE: Exploring Issues of Pedagogy and Authenticity in Brazilian Choral Music
Degree Master of Music (M.M.)
Department Music
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Bartolome, Sarah J. Committee Chair
Byo, James Committee Member
Fulton, Kenneth Committee Member
  • authenticity
  • world music pedagogy
  • Brazilian choral music
  • youth choir
Date of Defense 2011-06-20
Availability unrestricted
The purpose of this study is to stimulate the dissemination of Brazilian choral repertoire, especially the pieces from the series Brazilian Music for Youth Choir by FUNARTE, and provide accurate interpretative information for authentic performance and effective teaching. Musical and pedagogical analyses of three of the pieces from the series by FUNARTE (2009) were done as means to the purpose of the study. In addition, ethnographic interview were held with the composers of each of those pieces, Paulo Malaguti, Leandro Maia, and Caio Senna, and the technical-pedagogical coordinator of the series, Eduardo Lakschevitz. Through the interviews with the composers it was possible to identify musical and pedagogical approaches relevant to accurate performance of Brazilian choral music, as well as to raise the discussion about authenticity in Brazilian music, which seemed to be a taboo among Brazilian musicians. The interview with the technical-pedagogical coordinator helped to understand the purpose of FUNARTE and the Choral Project.

This study found that choral music in Brazil is a multifaceted phenomenon that does not fit the categories folk, popular, or classical music alone; so, it can be considered a style apart. The composersí opinion about authenticity proves that it is flexible and that Brazilian musicians are open to new interpretations of Brazilian music. Complementary materials such as translation and IPA version of the pieces, and suggested reading and recording are provided to support music educators on an accurate and authentic performance of Brazilian choral repertoire.

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