Note:This scholarly essay is part of a research project submitted in partial fulfillment of the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts in the School of Music. The project also involved the preparation and performance of two lecture recitals related to the essay topic.

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Title:A performer's guide to Heitor Villa-Lobos’s violin concerto, "Fantasia de movimentos mixtos"
Author(s):Shin, Sung Hee
Advisor(s):Cameron, Michael
Contributor(s):Milenkovich, Stefan; Moersch, Charlotte Mattax; Silvers, Michael
Department / Program:School of Music
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:A.Mus.D. (doctoral)
Subject(s):Heitor Villa-Lobos
Sung Hee Shin
Fantasia de movimentos mixtos
twentieth century
Abstract:This essay concerns the Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos’s Fantasia de movimentos mixtos, “Fantasy of Mixed Movements,” for violin and orchestra. Written and revised over a span of almost two decades, 1921–41, this piece is relatively unknown in writings and performance, despite its unique synthesis of Brazilian, indigenous Amerindian, and Western European elements. Chapter One addresses Villa-Lobos’s recognition as a composer, his musical characteristics, and the historical background of the Fantasia. Chapter Two provides an description of the piano reduction of the piece, arranged by Villa-Lobos himself, with attention to the formal structure and its melodic and harmonic materials, including themes, chords, intervals, and scales, which help us to understand the Fantasia better. Finally, Chapter Three examines performance questions, such as tempo, bowings, and difficulties posed by the piece, suggesting possible solutions. Because of some inconsistencies between the solo violin and piano parts, such as dynamics and expression markings, I consulted Villa-Lobos’s manuscript orchestral score as a reference. Especially, I hope my recording of Villa-Lobos’s Fantasia using his piano reduction as well as my videos uploaded on YouTube about sections, tempo, and bowings will inspire other violinists to explore the piece.
Issue Date:2018
Publisher:School of Music, College of Fine and Applied Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Rights Information:Copyright 2018 Sung Hee Shin
Date Available in IDEALS:2018-12-05

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