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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 – 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.

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