A Compositional Planning based on Elements of the Street Frevo of Pernambuco


  • Flávio Fernandes de Lima Federal Institute of Pernambuco, Brazil
  • José Orlando Alves Federal University of Paraíba, Brazil




compositional planning, contour theory, pitch order, brazilian street frevo


The purpose of this article is to apply some features of the theory of contour, by Morris (1987), on the melodic reduction of a so-called street frevo, which is a musical genre from Pernambuco, Brazil. It also considers its pitch class order, timbric diversity, and other musical elements, such as horizontal gestures, form, number of bars, and sections. All these features are applied on a piece composed for a brass quintet. The rhythmic events are identified by a list of elements observed in a song composed by the first author of this article and also in other five songs by Inaldo Moreira, a Brazilian composer. Based on Joseph Straus’s revisionary ratios (STRAUS, 1990), known as marginalization, such rhythmic cells are disposed according to how often they appear in the analyzed songs. Finally, the rhythmic tapping is used so that the link between contemporary language and street frevo takes place. It concludes that such methodology provides enough support for a composing process.


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Author Biographies

Flávio Fernandes de Lima, Federal Institute of Pernambuco, Brazil

Estudos na UFPE (Licenciatura em Música), UFPB (Bacharelado em Música e Mestrado em Composição), UNICAP (Pós Graduação em Coordenação Pedagógica). Professor aposentado do Conservatório Pernambucano de Música, Ex-músico da Orquestra Sinfônica do recife e atualmente Professor de Música do Instituto Federal de Pernambuco, campus Recife.

José Orlando Alves, Federal University of Paraíba, Brazil

Possui graduação em Composição Musical pela Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (1999), mestrado em Música pela Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (2000) e doutorado em Música pela Universidade Estadual de Campinas (2005). Atualmente é professor adjunto da Universidade Federal da Paraíba. Tem experiência na área de Artes, com ênfase em Composição Musical, atuando principalmente nos seguintes temas: composição, análise, planejamento composicional, texturas e organização das alturas.



How to Cite

Lima, Flávio Fernandes de, and José Orlando Alves. 2018. “A Compositional Planning Based on Elements of the Street Frevo of Pernambuco”. Per Musi, no. 38 (June). https://doi.org/10.35699/2317-6377.2018.5269.



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