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Title: The violin in Portugal c.1875-1950 : a contextual study of repertoire, composers, performance and performers
Author: Neto, Tiago José Garcia Vieira
ISNI:       0000 0004 2688 9717
Awarding Body: University of Sheffield
Current Institution: University of Sheffield
Date of Award: 2010
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The present work explores the role of the violin in Portugal, particularly in the last decades of the nineteenth century and the first half of the twentieth - one of the most remarkable periods in the history of Portuguese and European music. Evidence is provided that it was from this time that the violin began to be viewed in Portugal as an instrument with solo potential, for composers, interpreters and audiences, and for cultural institutions. The role of the leading institutions is examined. After a brief survey of the genesis of violin playing in Portugal, information is brought forward to make known several Portuguese composers of the early-mid twentieth century and their violin works, many of which have never been played nor musically analysed, and remain practically unknown among interpreters and listeners, either abroad or in Portugal. The historical background is addressed to illuminate the contextual environment of that period, and to highlight the influences that may have guided the creative activity of the Portuguese composers. These contextual influences are later collated with performative and musicological analyses of four representative Portuguese violin works from the period in question: Luis de Freitas Branco (Violin Concerto), Ruy Coelho (Violin Sonata No.2), Armando Jose Fernandes (Violin Sonata) and Frederico de Freitas (Sonata for Violin and Piano). Interviews with eight leading contemporary Portuguese violinists complement and enrich this research work: Leonor Prado, Vasco Barbosa, Anibal Lima, Lidia de Carvalho, Carlos Fontes, Alberto Gaio Lima, Elmar Oliveira and Gerardo Ribeiro. The interviews are analysed to evidence these players' views on Portuguese composers, repertoire, fellow violinists and the evolution of Portuguese musical life.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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