Recife, Pernambuco and Villa Lobos

Recife, Pernambuco and Villa Lobos

November, 2004:

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Santo Antonio Church and Monastery, Igarassu Picture: Santo Antonio Church and Monastery, Igarassu, from the excellent website of Embratur, the official Brazilian tourist ministry.
During the period 1906 to 1910, Villa Lobos embarked upon a series of trips to Brazil's North-East and deep into the interior of the country. These trips took him to Bahia, Sergipe, Manaus, Belem, Fortaleza and to Recife in the state of Pernambuco. 
The best source of information on Recife and Pernambuco is Sergio Koreisha's Meu Brasil website.
David Wilson, Dean Graber, Sean McKaughan and Egídio Leitão have put together an excellent article on the music of Northeast Brazil, in the latest edition of the online magazine Real Brasil. 
One of the sites mentioned in this article is Performing a Moral Vision: An Ethnography of Cavalo-Marinho, A Brazilian Musical Drama, an abstract of a thesis by ethnomusicologist John Patrick Murphy. This study of the cavalo-marinho, a regional version of the traditional Brazilian musical drama bumba-meu-boi in the state of Pernambuco, includes audio samples of this marvellous music.

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