The techniques and strategies of four master Brazilian cellists who have taught and performed the music of Heitor Villa-Lobos

Date of Award




Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.)

First Committee Member

Ross T. Harbaugh - Committee Chair


The primary purpose of this essay is to present information gathered from three different generations of teachers who knew Heitor Villa-Lobos personally, with special focus on general cello techniques and pedagogy that relate to Villa-Lobos's Music. An extensive questionnaire, prepared by the author, was used for the personal interviews with four master teachers. It provides a comparison between their work strategies, their teaching methodology, bowing and fingering concepts. An historical background of Villa-Lobos and biographic of these Master Brazilian Cellists are provided. The information compiled in this essay will hopefully give the reader data, which is genuinely new to the cello world, and useful to all cellists. The essay strives to increase the general understanding of performing and teaching Villa-Lobos' music, and to illuminate the Brazilian Cello School of Pedagogy. Heitor Villa-Lobos's music is undeservedly lacking from the world's musical stages. The author feels this slight is due to a general misunderstanding and fear of the technical obstacles of Villa-Lobos's music.This essay addresses these issues.It is the author's opinion that this essay is unique in the body of Doctoral Dissertations and essays and that it is going to help fill a significant void in the field of cello pedagogy.



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