Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name



Music Composition

Degree Program

Music - Performance with a concentration in Jazz Performance, MM

Committee Chair

Wagner, Craig

Committee Co-Chair (if applicable)

Fitzgerald, Chris

Committee Member

Fitzgerald, Chris

Committee Member

Wallace-Boaz, Krista

Author's Keywords

Clube da Esquina; Milton Nascimento; Brazilian music; modal jazz


The main goal of this paper is to analyze the harmonic and melodic transcriptions from the LPs Milton and Clube da Esquina according with the book Modal Jazz Composition and Harmony by Ron Miller in order to exemplify the compositional idiosyncrasy from Milton Nascimento, and especially, Lô Borges. The result is that Borges has a linear approach to write melodies while his vertical line has the use of open strings chords with mixed upper structures such as tertian, quartal and clusters.