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The BerimbauSoul of Brazilian Music$
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Eric A. Galm

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781604734058

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604734058.001.0001

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(p.3) Introduction
The Berimbau

Eric A. Galm

University Press of Mississippi

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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