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Year of Publication


Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)

Document Type

Doctoral Dissertation


Fine Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Jacob Coleman

Second Advisor

Dr. Bradley Kerns


Ernst Mahle is a German-Brazilian composer who not only became a Brazilian citizen but also a reference for Brazilian classical music. His vast list of compositions includes works for all major genres, as well as containing instrument combinations that are not mainstream. In addition to being a composer, Mahle dedicated a big part of his life as a pedagogue, as a teacher and as the director of the Escola de Música de Piracicaba (Piracicaba Music School).

Through research on Mahle’s biography, compositional styles, and an interview with the composer, the purpose of this paper is to study his four clarinet and piano works and to write a performance guide with the perspective of the collaborative pianist. This guide offers some suggestions on piano technique, ensemble, dynamics, and balance, among other elements.

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