Morehead State University

Poster Title

Interpreting the Brazilian Choro: A Study for Flutists

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Morehead State University

Abstract

This study focused on flute improvisational and ornamental techniques in Brazilian choro, particularly as found in the works of famous and prolific choro composer Pixinguinha, Alfredo da Rocha Vianna Filho. Analysis and thorough performance notes of two of his most famous works, Carinhoso and Chorei, favorably illustrate the stylistic features of this genre of composition and the flutist’s approach to performance of this style. The Brazilian choro is a staple of MPB, Music Popular Brasileira, and a wealth of works is available for flute performances. Many publications of the choro are written "straight." This study will help flutists understand the correct interpretations of rhythms and articulations not indicated in the music. Primary sources include Julie Koidin’s The Brazilian Choro: Historical Perspectives and Performance Practices, Choro by T. Linvinston-Isenhour and T. Garcia, and private study with Brazilian flutist and choro composer, Felipe Moritz.

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Interpreting the Brazilian Choro: A Study for Flutists

This study focused on flute improvisational and ornamental techniques in Brazilian choro, particularly as found in the works of famous and prolific choro composer Pixinguinha, Alfredo da Rocha Vianna Filho. Analysis and thorough performance notes of two of his most famous works, Carinhoso and Chorei, favorably illustrate the stylistic features of this genre of composition and the flutist’s approach to performance of this style. The Brazilian choro is a staple of MPB, Music Popular Brasileira, and a wealth of works is available for flute performances. Many publications of the choro are written "straight." This study will help flutists understand the correct interpretations of rhythms and articulations not indicated in the music. Primary sources include Julie Koidin’s The Brazilian Choro: Historical Perspectives and Performance Practices, Choro by T. Linvinston-Isenhour and T. Garcia, and private study with Brazilian flutist and choro composer, Felipe Moritz.