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Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)

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Doctoral Dissertation


Fine Arts



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Bradley Kerns


The daily routine of playing in a professional orchestra can be very challenging. An important and useful tool for students, professors and professional players in the preparation process of playing is the focused study of orchestral excerpts, where one can consciously practice ahead of time the most technically demanding passages, in order to be ready for rehearsals and performances.

The orchestral output of the Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos is vast, with many technical and musical challenges for low brass musicians. This research will cover Villa-Lobos’s Chôros series, with a special focus on the works that present at least one trombone in their orchestration. The mainly traditional orchestral excerpt collections available are generally dedicated to Western European composers and do not provide any excerpts for low brass from the Villa-Lobos’s Chôros series.

The availability of the Chôros orchestral parts is scarce and the quality of the materials is generally poor in presentation. With permission granted from the Villa-Lobos Museum in Rio de Janeiro, the present researcher had access to the manuscripts, parts, scores, and available editions from Villa-Lobos’s Chôros series. This paper will contribute to the low brass field by providing performance considerations and a collected edition of the most demanding excerpts from Villa-Lobos’ Chôros series.

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Funding Information

This study was supported by the University of Kentucky, College of Fine Arts, School of Music, full scholarship and assistantship from August 2019 to August 2021.