Publication Date



Open access

Embargo Period


Degree Type

Doctoral Essay

Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)


Instrumental Performance (Music)

Date of Defense


First Committee Member

Ross Harbaugh

Second Committee Member

Thomas Sleeper

Third Committee Member

Brian Powell

Fourth Committee Member

Willa Collins


The goal of this essay was to explore the arrangements of contemporary Argentine composer Carlos Guastavino (1912-2000) in order to understand how he might have arranged for various cello ensembles. Guastavino represents a romantic, impressionistic side of contemporary Argentine music which lends itself to expression in the cello. Though he did not compose for cello ensemble specifically, examining Guastavino’s works which included the cello in some capacity gives the cellist a scholarly perspective on creating cello ensemble arrangements. These arrangements can be created within the framework of this doctoral research combined with the knowledge of a cellist’s technique and cello ensemble repertoire. Background of the available works themselves, the performers with whom Guastavino collaborated, and acclaimed recordings of his music can also be taken into consideration when creating new cello ensemble arrangements. These experimentations have been conducted in reading sessions and performances held at the University of Miami with the author, students and faculty.


Guastavino; cello; cello ensemble; arrangement