Composition of “Karma” based on the Gestalt Modeling of “Ponteio No. 29” by Camargo Guarnieri




Gestalt Modeling, Systemic Modeling, Musical Analysis, Guarnieri, Compositional Planning


This work consists of two parts, the first being the analysis of “Ponteio No. 29”, by Camargo Guarnieri, based on the methodology called Gestalt Modeling (hereinafter GM). The analysis was carried out from the perspective of Gestalt Theory based on two laws of perceptual organization. It aimed to stipulate the general guidelines for the hypothetical system that created that work by Guarnieri and, finally, to generate subsidies for the planning of a new composition using this same compositional system. The compositional planning of the new work consists of the second part of this paper. The final conclusions indicate that GM is: 1) a useful and distinctive resource for the analysis of musical works and composition, as it coherently presents new ways of organizing musical elements; and 2) a possible methodology for compositional pedagogy, as it provides subsidies for a conscious practice and the development of students’ own compositional language.


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Biografia do Autor

Helder Alves de Oliveira, Universidade de São Paulo

Helder Oliveira holds a Doctorate in Music Composition from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and was a 2019–20 Fulbright Visiting Researcher at Louisiana State University. He has received several composition awards worldwide, and his works have been played by several groups, such as Mivos Quartet, KC VITAs, Chorus Austin Chamber Ensemble, Thüringen Philharmonie Gotha-Eisenach, and Goiás Phillharmonic Orchestra. Helder has articles on compositional procedures published in national journals and conference proceedings. He is a member of the MusMat research group at UFRJ, and Postdoctoral fellow at University of São Paulo (USP).

Liduino Pitombeira, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro

Liduino Pitombeira is a professor of composition at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro – School of Music and is part of the MusMat research group (PPGM-UFRJ). His works have been performed by several groups in Brazil and abroad, including the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet and the São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra. Pitombeira has a PhD in Composition and Theory from Louisiana State University (USA). He has several articles published in journals and conference proceedings in Brazil.


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Como Citar

Alves de Oliveira, H., & Pitombeira, L. (2024). Composition of “Karma” based on the Gestalt Modeling of “Ponteio No. 29” by Camargo Guarnieri. Revista Vórtex, 11(3), 1–37.