Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Music (Honours)


Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA)


Faculty of Education and Arts

First Advisor

Mr Stewart Smith


This dissertation explores the piano music of George Frederick Pinto, in the light of the output of the London Pianoforte School. After a discussion of Pinto in the context of his peers, the thesis examines Pinto’s professional career and the history of the reception of his works, using new information that has been made available by Chadwick’s online database of the British periodical press. This is followed by a discussion of his most significant works – the three Grand Sonatas for pianoforte, focusing on some of the influences on Pinto; and uses Hepokoski and Darcy’s Sonata Theory to make an analysis of the first movements of these works. Through this analysis I demonstrate the value and sophistication of these works, in the hope of bringing Pinto and his works to the greater attention of the musical community.

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Music Commons


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