Brazilian music is often associated with carnival, samba and choro, suggesting vibrant rhythms played at lively, energetic tempi. Many pieces do fit that description. However, the words “melancholy” and “nostalgia” play a big role in Brazilian music. A large number of the Brazilian population lives in poverty and sub-human conditions whose reactions are reflected in several compositions. Therefore, an interesting contrast exists in the culture of Brazil, which is depicted by Brazilian composers – nostalgia versus excitement. In either case, Brazilian composers are inspired by the natural exuberance and beauty of Brazil and use lyricism to portray colors, characters, sites, …and many cultural elements in their music. As Villa-Lobos used to say, “In my music, I let the rivers and seas of this great Brazil sing.”
A lecture/piano recital on “Brazilian Culture: Ernesto Nazareth and Heitor Villa-Lobos.” This program includes a PowerPoint presentation on the relation between Brazilian culture and music, with varied types of illustrations such as, a video clip, a recording of a typical Brazilian popular group and pictures of Brazilian locations, scenes, and characters. Such illustrations and the lecture itself are alternated with performances of piano music written by Heitor Villa-Lobos and Ernesto Nazareth.
– Expand the knowledge of college students, teachers, and music lovers, providing a broad view of music in the world and its specific role in Brazil.
– This program is accessible to all generations because of its ties with popular music and European traditions.
– This interdisciplinary project studies a variety of aspects, covering issues of geography, history, sociology, music and its influences.
– An auditorium or room with a grand piano;
– A screen and a projector for PowerPoint presentation (if possible)
Paulo Steinberg has performed as a soloist and as a collaborative pianist across the U.S., Canada, South America, and Europe, including venues such as the Theatro Municipal de São Paulo in Brazil, and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. Recent engagements include performances at the International Festival “Experiencing Villa-Lobos” and the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival “The Rhythms and Colors of South America.” In early 2017 he will undertake a European recital tour stretching from the U.K. to Russia.
A winner of several national competitions in his native Brazil, Dr. Steinberg was also the recipient of a prestigious scholarship from the Brazilian Government while pursuing his advanced degrees in piano performance. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in piano from Universidade de São Paulo, a Master’s degree from Arizona State University, and a Doctor of Music degree from Indiana University. Among his distinguished teachers are Brazilian pianists Carlos Yansen, Elizabeth Barthelson, Gilberto Tinetti, Caio Pagano, Paulo Gori, and Belgian pianist Ms. Evelyne Brancart.
As an ambassador for cultural exchange through music, Steinberg initiated a partnership with Música no Museu, an organization based in Rio de Janeiro that co-sponsors an annual competition, provides performance opportunities, and offers scholarships for young musicians. He often serves as an adjudicator in competitions, and offers master classes, lectures, workshops and performances in the U.S. and abroad.
Besides his love for teaching and performing, Steinberg has served in several administrative positions, most recently as president of the Virginia Music Teachers Association. A recording in collaboration with clarinetist Dr. Janice Minor has been released recently. Currently, Steinberg teaches piano at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.
“Brazilian Culture: Ernesto Nazareth and Heitor Villa-Lobos”
Dr. Paulo Steinberg, piano
From Bachianas Brasileiras No. 4 Heitor Villa-Lobos
Prelúdio-Introdução [Prelude-Introduction] (1941) (1887-1959)
Odeon (Brazilian Tango – 1910) Ernesto Nazareth
Escorregando [Going Down Well] (Brazilian Tango – 1925) (1863-1934)
Apanhei-te, Cavaquinho [I’ve Caught You, Little Brazilian Guitar] (Choro – 1914)
From Choros Heitor Villa-Lobos
Alma Brasileira [Brazilian Soul] (1925)
I. Plantio do Caboclo [Native Planting Song] (1936)
II. Impressões Seresteiras [Minstrel Impressions] (1936)
III. Festa no Sertão [Jungle Festival] (1937)
IV. Dança do índio Branco [Dance of the White Indian] (1936)