Date of Degree
DMA (Doctor of Musical Arts)
Lecuona, Réne J
Wilson Kimber, Marian
First Committee Member
Barbosa, Maria J
Second Committee Member
Third Committee Member
Fourth Committee Member
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).
Copyright © 2017 Germano Gastal Mayer
Mayer, Germano Gastal. "A translation of João Domingos Bomtempo's piano method: a Portuguese contribution to piano pedagogy." DMA (Doctor of Musical Arts) thesis, University of Iowa, 2017.