A pedagogical guide to Roberto Carpio's music for solo piano

Pablo Ernesto Sotomayor Kamiyama, University of Southern Mississippi


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).