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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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Theme and Variations

Theme and Variations

Tracing a Musical Motif from Bossa Nova to the 1990s

(p.34) Chapter 2 Theme and Variations
The Berimbau

Eric A. Galm

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter focuses on the early 1960s, when bossa nova composer Baden Powell adapted the berimbau’s melodic rhythms to the guitar, resulting in the internationally successful composition, “Berimbau.” It analyzes Powell’s composition within the context of capoeira-related musical performance practices, and views how the musical trope that emerged from this composition continues to be used in Brazilian popular music today. The chapter demonstrates how this motif has changed from the 1960s to the 1990s.

Keywords:   Baden Powell, berimbau, guitar, capoeira, musical performance, Brazilian popular music

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