Document Type


Date of Degree

Summer 2017

Degree Name

DMA (Doctor of Musical Arts)

Degree In


First Advisor

Lecuona, Réne J.

Second Advisor

Kimber, Marian W.

First Committee Member

Lecuona, Réne J.

Second Committee Member

Kimber, Marian W.

Third Committee Member

Barbosa, Maria J.

Fourth Committee Member

Huckleberry, Alan

Fifth Committee Member

Platte, Nathan

Sixth Committee Member

Eckert, Michael


This essay offers an English translation of Elementos de Musica e Methodo de Tocar Piano Forte (Elements of Music and Method of Playing the Piano-Forte), op. 19, by the Portuguese composer-pianist João Domingos Bomtempo (1775-1842). His method, the first of its kind written by a Portuguese national, was published in 1816 by Clementi & Co. in London. Bomtempo later rewrote his book, expanding its scope, but the second version survives only as an unfinished manuscript. My translation presents both versions of this instructional work in a single text, distinguishing the contents according to the two sources, with the aim of providing a comprehensive view of Bomtempo’s piano pedagogy. This is the first English translation of Bomtempo’s method. A short biography and critical notes regarding philological and musicological matters clarify ambiguities and contextualize this work within its historical period.


method, pedagogy, Piano, Portuguese, translation, treatise


xvi, 194 pages


Includes bibliographical references (pages 191-194).


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