Recently I have dicovered a great waltz by Pixinguinha and have started to practice this tune.
I have found four videos including two videos with the clarinet quintet Quinteto Madeira de Vento and one with violin and accordeon.
My favorite version ist the version by the LGEM Trio with flute, guitar and percussion. This trio makes a big difference between the slow first part of the waltz and the faster second and third parts, which makes listening to Agradecendo very interesting. I do also like the guitar part of this version.
The LGEM Trio – Pixinguinha – Agradecendo, valsa
The LGEM Trio – Live in Concert
October 9, 2005
Miami Lakes United Methodist Church
The LGEM Trio
Robert David Billington, flute
Roger bustamante, guitar
Edwin Guerra, MIDI percussion
I am sure that this choro waltz will aso sound great when played with mandolin and guitar!
Playlist Agradecendo – Pixinguinha
Related articles about Pixinguinha and Brazilian choro:
The sheet music by Pixinguinha is still protected by copyright, maybe you can find a copy with the google picture search.
The waltz Agradecendo is contained in the follwing songbook: O melhor de Pixinguinha
which is available at Atlantico Books: http://atlanticobooks.com/
The last four editions of the radio show “Roda de Choro” of the Brazilian Radio MEC were dedicated to the music of Waldir Azevedo. This is a great chance to download almost three hours of music by Waldir Azevedo, with recordings from 1957 until 1979, as the radio shows are available as podcasts.
Waldir Azevedo was one of the most important composers of choros in Brazil, he has composed the famous tunes Brasileirinho, Delicado and Pedacoinhos do Ceu. Waldir Azevedo was the first player who used the cavaquinho as a melody- and solo-instrument.
Waldir Azevedo (Rio De Janeiro, January 23, 1923 – São Paulo, September 21, 1980) was a choro conductor and performer. He wrote 130 compositions during his lifetime and played the cavaquinho. He is considered by many to be the first Brazilian cavaquinho shredder ever. One of his compositions, Delicado [Baiao], is a Latin American dance that has been arranged for piano.
The Radio MEC choro podcasts are no more available!
I have made screenshots of the programs of the four podcasts dedicated to the music of Waldir Azevedo as a reference:
Part 1 – Nov. 6, 2012
Part 2, Nov. 13, 2012
Read more “Waldir Azevedo – Master of the Cavaquinho – Roda de Choro Podcast (Radio MEC)”