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:The guitar style of Toninho Horta in selected recordings, 1988-1992
Author(s):Gobbo, Jose Emilio Junior
Advisor(s):Gray, Lawrence
Contributor(s):Gray, Lawrence; Silvers, Michael; Spencer, Joel; Stephens, John "Chip"
Department / Program:School of Music
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:A.Mus.D. (doctoral)
Subject(s):Toninho Horta
Brazilian music
jazz guitar
Diamond Land
Once I Loved
acoustic guitar
Abstract:This study investigates the musical elements that define the style of guitarist Toninho Horta, focusing on his harmonic conception. My methodology consisted of transcriptions and analyses of recordings from three albums: Diamond Land (1988), Moonstone (1989) and Once I Loved (1992). Horta uses unorthodox chord extensions and voicings, along with inventive voice leading choices for common progressions, characterizing a sophisticated harmonic conception. Observations about his rhythmic approach to Bossa Nova and interpretative techniques are also featured, providing a full picture of his style.
Issue Date:2020
Publisher:School of Music, College of Fine and Applied Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Rights Information:Copyright 2020 Jose Emilio Gobbo Junior
Date Available in IDEALS:2020-06-09

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