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Transcription processes of Villa Lobos, Radamés Gnattali and Ohton Salleiro for viola caipira and Brahms guitar

Grant number: 20/11562-3
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): May 01, 2021
Effective date (End): December 31, 2021
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Arts - Music
Principal Investigator:Rubens Russomanno Ricciardi
Grantee:Vitor Botelho Sampaio
Host Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Ciências e Letras de Ribeirão Preto (FFCLRP). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Ribeirão Preto , SP, Brazil


From the Arabian lute and the Latin guitar, the violas de mão, in Portugal, and the Spanish guitars, known as violão in Brazil, appear on the scene. The viola caipira, from the Portuguese viola de mão, lasted in the urban musical background, in Brazil, until the first half of the 18th century, when it was replaced by the violão and gradually migrated to the countryside. Since 1960, the process described by Corrêa (2014) as the avivamento da viola occurred, which is a resumption of interest for the viola caipira in a more general musical scope, not only associated with the traditional and folkloric manifestations. Villa-Lobos, Radamés Gnattali and Othon Salleiro are composers who have an expressive contribution for the guitar repertoire in the 20th century, and most of their works are related to popular manifestations that make use of the viola caipira; some of them are concentrated in a previous period from the viola avivamento, that is the reason for the fact that practically there are no pieces written for the instrument. In this context, the present work intends to transcribe one piece from each composer that constitutes the corpus of the research. Two works will be made for the viola caipira solo and one for viola and Brahms guitar. In addition, it is intended to make available the score of the transcriptions and the audiovisual registers, with the objective of continuing the process of avivamento, expanding the repertoire of the instruments and discussing specific issues of notations and interpretations. (AU)

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