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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 http://brazilianmusic.com/garoto/

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: http://brazilianmusic.com/garoto/

Post about Desvairada in the choro blog:


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

Baden Powell – Valsa Sem Nome – A Waltz…

The second to last piece in the Songbook Choro is Valsa Sem Nome von Vinicius de Moraes and Baden Powell. This choro is mostly played on the classical guitar, and it is a very popular guitar piece.

I have collected many great videos of this tune in my playlist below.

This is Valsa Sem Nome played by Baden Powell himself:

Baden Powell plays Valsa sem nome

And this is the same tune sung by Elizeth Cardoso:

Elizeth Cardoso – Valsa sem nome

Playlist Valsa Sem Nome

Additional information

Wikipedia about Vinicius de Moraes: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vinicius_de_Moraes