Themes

  • Choro

    Primarily instrumental, Choro is one of the most original musical styles in Brazil, its origins extending back to the 19th century. Borns in Rio de Janeiro, Choro rose to national prominence and became a symbol of Brazilian culture. It is said that the "father of choro" was Joaquim Callado Jr., a talented mulatto flutist who formed a group of musicians called...

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  • Brazilian colonial music

    At the beginning of the 18th century, gold has been discovered at Minas Gerais, which became the target of a great number of explorers. As a consequence of the “golden” era, a fine artistic movement has flourished, called “colonial art”, as Brazil was still a colony of Portugal at the time. Great artists such as Antônio Francisco Lisboa, sculptor and...

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  • Brazilian Tango - by Jairo Severiano

    The Brazilian tango is an ill-defined genre. A comparison, for example, between tangos by Ernesto Nazareth, Eduardo Souto (“O Despertar da Montanha”, “Do Sorriso da Mulher Nasceram as Flores”) and Henrique Alves de Mesquita ("Ali Baba") reveal different characteristics. Fortunately Nazareth gave us a valuable insight into their tangos in conversation...

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  • Carnival

    Some people think that Carnival is a typical Brazilian festivity, but it has a very ancient origin. It is associated with agrarian cults of ancient Greece (about the fifth century BC). With the advent of agriculture, the fertility of the soil and crops were celebrated every year. Over the following centuries this tradition spread to Greece, Rome and...

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  • A brief history of the Brazlian national anthem - by Jairo Severiano

    Francisco Manuel da Silva (1795 - 1865), renowned cellist and composer, wrote in 1823 an anthem celebrating the proclamation of independence of Brazil. Admirer of the “Marseillaise”, he believed that an anthem should be vibrant and triumphant, more suited to celebrate a heroic event, as was his work. On the contrary, Emperor Dom Pedro I had also composed an...

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