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Introduction

Introduction

Chapter:
(p.3) Introduction
Source:
The Berimbau
Author(s):
Eric A. Galm
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781604734058.003.0001

This introductory chapter sets out the book’s purpose, which is to view Brazilian music and culture through the lens of the berimbau. The book demonstrates how this critical icon traverses a broad range of social, class, and racial boundaries in both national and global contexts. This chapter describes the berimbau, followed by discussions of Brazil’s development of a centralized cultural-intellectual infrastructure, and popular and art music in Brazil. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords:   berimbau, Brazilian music, Brazilian culture, popular music, art music

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