Date of Award

Spring 5-2013

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)



Committee Chair

Lois Leventhal

Committee Chair Department


Committee Member 2

Elizabeth Moak

Committee Member 2 Department


Committee Member 3

Ellen Elder

Committee Member 3 Department


Committee Member 4

Joseph Brumbeloe

Committee Member 4 Department


Committee Member 5

Christopher Goertzen

Committee Member 5 Department



The purpose of this document, targeted to an international audience of pianists, is to present the solo piano music of the Peruvian composer Roberto Carpio (1900-1986). While most of Carpio’s compositions are scored for solo piano, he also composed lieder, choral pieces, and a few string chamber music works. A pianistic analysis of his keyboard output reveals a relative modesty of technical requirements, which makes his pieces suitable for pianists in their formative years. Notwithstanding the technical simplicity, Carpio’s piano music shows a remarkable musical creativity and an interest to combine elements derived from traditional Peruvian music with early twentieth-century European musical practices.

This study opens with contextual information on the situation of Peruvian and Latin-American music at the beginnings of the twentieth century, followed by a chapter on the life and works of Roberto Carpio. Next, a descriptive catalog of all extant solo piano pieces by the composer provides brief stylistic and pianistic commentary. The last section of the document includes an in-depth analysis of three representative works: Nocturno (1921), Tres estampas de Arequipa (1927), and Hospital (1928).