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The mandolin orchestra Bandolineiras de Oeiras – 5 Ladies…

I have discovered a video with a small mandolin orchestra from Brazil. The very special about this orchestra is that the members of this group are five old ladies aged between 78 and 85 years. I was really surprised when I found this video!

This is the youtube video with the orchestra Bandolineiras de Oeiras:

This is the description from another video which is no more available:

Talentos – Bandolineiras (Bloco 2/8)

Primeira capital do Piauí, há pouco mais de 300 quilômetros de Teresina, Oeiras, nos últimos 30 anos, vem ganhando fama por conta do talento de algumas senhoras que descobriram suas afinidades musicais em encontros religiosos. Mestras no chorinho, marchinhas e sambas, elas ficaram conhecidas como Bandolineiras de Oeiras. Mesmo no isolamento cultural em que viviam, a cidade sempre teve uma sólida tradição musical.

Na década de 30 do século passado, Araci Carvalho, exímia bandolinista, dava aulas de música para as moças da cidade, chegando a criar um conjunto, o Voz do Coração. Este ofício era desenvolvido também por outras senhoras da cidade, como Maria Queiroz e Filó Carvalho. Ao lado delas, os maestros das bandas de músicos completavam o quadro que fazia a fama de Oeiras. Apesar da tradição, os tempos mudaram e os alunos foram rareando, já muito menos interessados no estudo do bandolim. “Faltava incentivo, motivação”, entendiam as professoras. Foi na preparação das festividades pelos 250 anos da Igreja Matriz de Nossa Senhora da Vitória, em 1983, que algumas das antigas bandolinistas resolveram reviver os bons tempos: se reuniram para mostrar um repertório próprio, sob a coordenação da professora Celina Martins. Estavam lá Lilásia Freitas, Petinha Amorim, Zezé Cabeceira, Rosário Lemos e Nieta Maranhão.

A fama das senhoras bandolineiras (um neologismo surgido da aglutinação das palavras bandolins e Oieiras) utrapassou fronteiras. Em concerto no Festival de Cultura das Três Fronteiras, no Paraguai, as senhoras, cujas idades variam entre 78 e 85 anos, foram recebidas com entusiasmo e mostravam igual alegria por ser aquela a primeira vez que saiam de sua cidade natal. Um crítico local dizia que elas pareciam perdidas no meio do enorme cenário negro, elas igualmente vestidas de preto, destacando-se apenas as figuras delgadas com seus cabelos muito brancos. Tudo começou a mudar quando começaram a tocar seus instrumentos, segundo ele, uma música doce, com ares medievais e ecos portugueses, que mostraram a incrível vitalidade da música brasileira. Eles estavam diante de um verdadeiro patrimônio nacional.

From the title of this video you can see that this video was the second in a series of 8 videos. All 8 videos were available but have been removed in the meantime.

I have added the titles of the pieces in the following list. As you can see the program included such famous pieces as Tico Tico no Fuba or Noites Cariocas:

1 – Chorando Baixinho (Abel Ferreira)

2 – Cecy Carmo (Possidonio Queiroz)

3 – Noites Cariocas – Jacob do Bandolim

4 – Rosa – Pixinguinha

5 – Rio Antiguo (Altamiro Carilho/Augusto Nesquiro) + Asa Branca (Luiz Gonzaga/Humberto Teixeira)

6 – Lamentos (Pixinguinha / V. Morais)

7 – Carinhoso (Pixinguinha / Joao de Barro) / Brincando de Bandolims (dominio popolar)

8 – Tici Tico no Fuba (Zequinha de Abreu)

I have found some other interesting posts about the Bandolineiras de Oeiras, all links are available in my link collection:

https://pinboard.in/u:mandoisland/t:bandolineiras/

There are some other videos with music played by the Bandolineiras de Oieiras:

Hino a Matriz.wmv

Hino_Oeiras_Legendado.wmv

Additional Information

allmusic about Abel Ferreira: http://www.allmusic.com/artist/abel-ferreira-q98040

Abel Ferreira was one of the leading Brazilian Chorões of the 1940s. He was so-known because of his lifelong participation in the tradition of Choro–instrumental dance music that evolved from European waltzes and polkas–that Brazil’s leading composer, Heitor Villa-Lobos, once called “the essence of the Brazilian musical soul.” Quasi-improvisational and highly virtuosic in nature, Choro music usually involved an ensemble composed of various types of guitars and wind instruments, particularly the clarinet, flute and saxophone.

Blog about Possidonio Queiroz: http://memorialpossidonioqueiroz.blogspot.com/

Presentation of a complete CD with works by Possidonio Queiroz: http://www.overmundo.com.br/banco/valsas-piauienses-de-possidonio-queiroz

choro

Choros by Luperce Miranda – with Dudu Maia –…

Dudu Maia and his group AQuattro have recorded a CD with compositions by Luperce Miranda some years ago. Luperce Miranda was a bandolim player and composer who has composed many great choros.

I have bought the CD by AQuattro as well as a book with choros by Luperce Miranda and I liked to play some of those choros on my mandolin.

Some days ago I have dicovered a set of three videos with a concert played by AQuattro with many of the pieces on this CD and some other great choros.

Talentos – Aquattro

O Aquattro é um autêntico conjunto regional de Choro, respeitando a tradição porém com a dose certa de ousadia, permitida pela formação desses talentosos músicos.

O conjunto surgiu de um convite recebido por Dudu Maia (bandolim de 10 cordas) para gravar um CD com obras de Luperce Miranda. Para essa agradável missão, Dudu contactou Fernando César (Violão de 7 cordas), Pedro Vasconcellos (Cavaquinho) e Valerinho (Pandeiro).

O que seria apenas a gravação do CD, sem perspectiva de um trabalho futuro, culminou na criação do grupo.

(the original videos are no more available)

Dudu Maia – A Program dedicated to Luperce Miranda

Playlist Luperce Miranda

Additional Information

Songbook Choro

Songbook Choro – Revendo o Passado – A Great…

Revendo o Passado is a great choro waltz by Freire Júnior. You can find more information about Freire Júnior at the end of this post.

I have found many interesting versions of this choro, played by guitar, bandolim, cavaquinho, clarinet as well as sung versions. I have even found a version played by a trombone.

This choro is not very difficult to play is you play it in a straight rhythm, you can however apply the typical rhythmical variations for choro music and play it very free which can make it much more difficult to play.

The longer notes of this melody sound very well if you play those on the mandolin with a tremolo. This is an example of Revendo o Passado played by bandolim and Brazilian guitar (violão).

Revendo o Passado (Freire Junior)

Elias Barboza no bandolim e Mathias Pinto no violão, na Oficina de Choro do Santander Cultural de Porto Alegre, dia 11 de junho, interpretando a valsa de Freire Junior, Revendo o Passado.

Another great version with mandolin / bandolim is the version played by Joel Nascimento at the beginning of my grooveshark playlist.

Playlist Revendo o Passado

The first video of my youtube playlist is a version with clarinet and piano, the clarinet is played by Wilfried Berk who grew up in Brazil and lives in Germany now. Wilfried Berk has made a great CD with choro music for clarinet and piano / guitar.

Additional Information

A historic recording by Augusto Calheiros (1933) can be found here: http://cifrantiga2.blogspot.com/2010/09/revendo-o-passado.html

Sheet music for Revendo o Passado – melody, chords, bass line – is available in the Songbook Choro.

Simple sheet music for the melody: http://www.epocadeouro.com.br/partituras.php?id=30

Biography of Freire Júnior (Port.): http://musicachiado.webs.com/Biografias/BiografiaFreireJunior.htm

Biography of Freire Júnior (Engl.): http://www.allmusic.com/artist/freire-jnior-p468531/biography

There you can find the following information:

Composer of the first modinha to open the genre to systematic recording, “Luar de Paquetá” (recorded by Baiano), Freire Júnior also wrote and enacted 172 musical plays, including operettas, burlettas, and others, possibly becoming the biggest author of Brazilian musical revues. He wrote more than 125 songs, among them the tango-fado “À Beira-Mar” (lyrics by Hermes Fontes, 1922), the samba carnavalesco “Ai, Cabocla Bonita” (1922), “Ai, Seu Mé” (with Careca, success of the Carnival of 1922), and many others. His songs were recorded by some of the great singers of his time, like Vicente Celestino, Francisco Alves, and Baiano.

Wikipedia about the modinha: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modinha

A modinha is a type of sentimental love song. The modinha is of uncertain origin, but it may have evolved in either Brazil or Portugal. Around the end of 18th Century[citation needed], Domingos Caldas Barbosa wrote a series of modinhas that were extremely popular, especially in salons, and so can be termed salon music. The modinha of the late 19th century was sung in the streets or as an outdoor serenade, usually accompanied by flute, guitar, and cavaquinho.The earliest known literary reference to “Brazilian modinha“, most likely in reference to Barbosa’s music, was made by Portuguese satirical poet Nicolau Tolentino de Almeida in 1779. One of his characters in a farce from 1786—A rabugem das velhas [The old women’s rage]— also mentions “this new modinha that’s been invented now”, which sends her grandmother into a rage, eulogizing the past.[1]

Homepage Wilfried Berk: http://www.wilfriedberk-clarinet.de/

More posts about choro: http://www.mandoisland.com/?tag=choro

Songbook Choro

Remexendo – a happy Choro by Radamés Gnatalli

Today I have listened to another choro from the Songbook Choro – Remexendo – a happy choro by Radamés Gnatalli .

On my homepage MandoIsland I am working on a projec twhere I try to find videos and additional information about the 97 choros contained in the Songbook Choro. The Songbook Choro project pages can be found here: http://www.mandoisland.de/choro_songbook.html

Remexendo is being played on different instruments. In my playlist below you can find versions with two guitars, piano and percussion, accordeon and electric guitar, flute, but also versions in a typical choro arrangement with bandolim, cavaquinho, pandeiro and guitar.

One of my favorite version is played by a big ensemble of wind instruments:

Remexendo – Fuiosa Portátil com Época de Ouro na rádio nacional

Playlist Remexendo

Additional Information

Songbook Choro project on my homepage MandoIsland: http://www.mandoisland.de/choro_songbook.html