Chovendo na roseira by Tom Jobim

a Schenkerian approach



Chovendo na roseira, Tom Jobim, Schenkerian analysis


The present article examines the song Chovendo na roseira by Brazilian composer Antônio Carlos Jobim with focus on the deep structural relationships that exist among melody, harmony, and form. This was accomplished by using procedures of the Schenkerian analysis, here adapted for better adjustment to the characteristics of this specific piece. From the analytical process, it is possible to observe a consistent and hierarchical integration among the several melodic-harmonic phenomena present on the musical surface and some of the internal layers, which reveal relationships that are unusual in a popular music piece. It is especially remarkable the ubiquity of the interval of the perfect fourth, which is embedded in several of the aspects of musical construction, in all structural levels considered.


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Author Biography

Carlos de Lemos Almada, Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro (UNIRIO) (Brazil)

Flutist, composer, arranger, teacher and author of books on music theory and analysis ("Arranjo", Unicamp Publisher, 2000, "A estrutura do choro", Da Fonseca Publisher, 2006 and "Harmonia funcional", Unicamp Publisher, 2009). da Unicamp, 2009). He is a doctoral student in Music at the Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro, whose research aims the analysis of the harmonic structure of the First Chamber Symphony, op.9, by Arnold Schoenberg, continuing the study study conducted on the formal structure of the same work during his master's degree. He is currently a professor of Harmony and Analysis at the School of Music of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ).


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How to Cite

Almada, Carlos de Lemos. 2010. “Chovendo Na Roseira by Tom Jobim: A Schenkerian Approach”. Per Musi, no. 22 (July):1-8.



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