Category: 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


Desvairada – A Great Choro by Garoto (Anibal Augusto…

A choro tune that I have heard many times during this years European Mandolin Academy is Desvairada by Garoto.

Garoto was the Nickname of Anibal Augusto Sardinha.

Here is some information from the site

Anibal Augusto Sardinha, better known as Garôto, (The Kid), was born from Portuguese immigrants Antônio Augusto Sardinha and Adosinda dos Anjos Sardinha in downtown São Paulo on June 28,1915.


In the last 15 years of his life, (Garôto died at age 39 on May 3, 1955), he worked very hard, playing in recording sessions, doing concerts, and composing some of the most wonderful songs Brazilians ever listened to, some, selling over a million copies. With his way of playing the Samba and Chôro on guitar and writting music, Garôto was the man who gave new directions to Brazilian Popular Music, influencing some of the next generation greatest Brazilian artistsand also showing the path to what few years later was called Bossa Nova.

In the choro blog I have found the following description of Desvairada:

“Desvairada” is a three part valse-choro played in 6/8 and has the form: ABBACCA, the piece containing several examples of appegios in double timing, very intricate to master.

Desvairada is a great tune that needs quite a bit or practice, and it  has been played by some of the greatest mandolin players as a duet:

Mike Marshall & Chris Thile – Woodsongs concert

Danilo Brito & Mike Marshall

Desvairada is also very popular among guitar players. In my playlist I have collected some 20 versions of Desvairada for mandolin, guitar and other instruments.

Enjoy Desvairada by Garoto.

Playlist Desvairada

Additional information

I have not found a sheet music version of Desvairada. For myself I have created a sheet music version from a midi file.

Information about Garoto:

Post about Desvairada in the choro blog:


Songbook Choro – A GINGA DO MANÉ (JACOB DO…

The choro A Ginga do mané is the first choro contained in the songbook choro. On my homepage some time ago I have started a project to present all the 97 choros from the songbook choro with youtube videos and more interesting information. Now again I have started to work on this project, and I have changed my system – I will present 5 or 6 choros on one page with one video for each choro added by links to other videos and more information. In some cases I do also use this blog to prepare an extra page with more videos of a special choro  – in this case the choro A Ginga do mané.

This choro by Jacob do Bandolim is obviously not composed for the bandolim – the melody goes down in some cases below the G, the lowest note on a bandolim. It was obviously played initially on a Violão Tenor like in this first video:

Choro “A Ginga Do Mané” (Jacob do Bandolim) – Som Brasileiro

Chorinho “A GINGA DO MANÉ” de Jacob Bittencourt do Bandolim, aqui interpretado pelo Regional de Choro Conjunto Som Brasileiro, no ano de 1990, em entrevista de televisão, fomado pelos músicos:
* Professor Sergio Napoleão Belluco (Violão 7 Cordas);
* Alessandro dos Santos Penezzi, aos 16 anos (Violão Tenor);
* Taufik Cury (Violão 6 Cordas);
* Derio Lovadino (Cavaquinho);
* Raul Leite (Pandeiro).

(Arquivo Raíssa Amaral & Sergio N. Belluco – Piracicaba / SP – Brasil)


The  Violão Tenor is a smaller guitar with four strings, it can be a resonator modell like the one just seen which was produced by the Del Vecchio company in Brazil, but it can also be a normal model built like aclassical guitar as you can see in the next video:

Ginga do Mané (Jacob do Bandolim)

Choro a Ginga do Mané de Jacob Bittencourt do Bandolim.

* Pedro Amorim – Violão Tenor;
* Maurício Carrilho – Violão de 6 Cordas;
* Luiz Otávio Braga – Violão de 7 Cordas;
* Jayme Moraes – Cavaquinho.

Tributo a Jacob do Bandolim
(Arquivo Raíssa Amaral & Professor Sergio Napoleão Belluco – Piracicaba / SP – Brasil)


It might be that the  Violão Tenor was constructed after the 4 stringed tenor banjo, so here is a video where the melody of this choro is played on a banjo:

Choro das Três – Chorinho Brasil – Brazilian Music

Choro A ginga do Mané, executado pelo Choro das 3 durante o programa de rádio Chorinho Brasil com apresentação do radialista João Tomas do Amaral e participação especial do Sr. Gallani no cavaco.

Read more “Songbook Choro – A GINGA DO MANÉ (JACOB DO BANDOLIM) – Violão Tenor”


Brasil na Pauta – Luperce Miranda – Great Choros…

Luperce Miranda is one of the most important composer of choros for the bandolim, the brazilian mandolin. Miranda was born in 1904 and died in 1977, he has composed more than 500 choros.

You can find some biographical notes about Miranda in the Choro Blog: Luperce Miranda – King of the Mandolin

Many of Mirandas compositions are played until today. The Brazilian bandolim player  Dudu Maia has recorded a complete CD with compositions by Miranda some time ago with his band A Quattro.

Bandolim Brasileiro – A Quattro toca Luperce Miranda

Dudu Maia – bandolim 10 cordas
Fernando Cesar – violao 7 cordas
Pedro vasconcellos – cavaco
Valerinho – pandeiro

musica: norival aos sessenta (Luperce Miranda)

Compositions by Luperce Miranda have been published some time ago in a book titled Brasil na Pauta (da Fonseca publishing company – it might be difficult to find this, but I can really recommend this book!).

The transcriptions in this edition are very clear, the typical rhytmical variations played in choro music have not been included in the transcriptions. Instead the basic rhythm of the music has been transcribed. This makes it quite easy to read and play those pieces, and so I think that this book is very good suited for beginners who want to start to play choro music. Later it is still possible to add the rhythmical variations – those can be learned from listening to good recordings of choro music.

The book does also contain useful biographical information about Luperce Mirand – unfortunately only in Portuguese. However one important information can be found, that should be known. Miranda frequently used an instrument for his recordings that was tuned in A instead in G. The transcriptions in this book however were based on the sound of the music. To play the pieces in the way they were played by Miranda it is necessary to play some of the pieces one note lower than transcribed. For some pieces this does not make a big difference, but for other pieces it is absolutely necessary to be able to play the pieces in the required tempo.

One of the best pieces composed by Luperce Mirando is Quando me Lembro. This piece is frequently played on the bandolim, but also on the guitar or even on the accordion. For mandolin players this is a really interesting piece with typical elements of the classical mandolin technique – especially a beautiful part in duo style.

The following video shows a version played by Marco de Pinna, other versions can be found in my playlist at the end.

Danilo Brito – Quando me Lembro (Luperce Miranda) – Instrumental SESC Brasil – 30/03/2010

Nomeado o melhor instrumentista brasileiro, aos 19 anos, pelo júri do 7º Prêmio Visa, Danilo Brito lançou, aos 24, seu terceiro CD, “Sem restrições” (Tratore, 2009), com composições inéditas de sua autoria e de seus contemporâneos. Participação de Luizinho 7 Cordas (violão de 7 cordas); Alexandre Ribeiro (clarinete); João Camarero (violão) e Rafael Toledo (percussão).

Another favorite tune of mine is Nea Sorrindo. This was recorded by the 12 year old bandolim player Tiago Tunes:

Nea Sorrindo – Luperce Miranda

Tiago Tunes, 12 anos, tocando Nea Sorrindo, de Luperce Miranda.

Read more “Brasil na Pauta – Luperce Miranda – Great Choros from Brazil”