Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959) is one of the most influential Brazilian composers in the 20th century. He was unique in the modern European music history with enormous works, rich genres and unique styles, creating a novel and unique auditory experience. While it is characterized by both traditional and modern music styles, Clown Doll (VII) of Piano Suite The Dolls No.1 tries to present listeners with the unique characteristics of Brazilian National Folk Music, perfectly integrating Brazilian national music with modern European music.
In performance and practice of piano works, there is a lack of attentions to modern music works and inadequate knowledge about national music. Therefore, with the Clown Doll (VII) of the suite as the main research object, an academic discussion and study is made on teaching method. The attempt in studying this work enables comprehension of modern music creation and the characteristics of national music development in an all-round way from multiple angles and is of targeted practical value for teaching modern music works with national characteristics.
This paper consists of three chapters, whose research content includes the creation of Clown Doll, characteristics of the work and teaching design. Chapter one mainly gives an introduction of the author and his style of music creation. Chapter two specifically analyzes the key points in performance of the piano work Clown Doll. Chapter three makes an extensive in-depth study and analysis of teaching method, so as to meet the standard and accuracy required for teaching of “modern music performance style”.