Tim, you've definitely got to check out Dudu Maia on youtube and make plans to attend his choro workshop when it comes to New York next spring. It's an eye-opener. Originally Posted by fatt-dad. One analogy that gets mentioned a lot is that choro is to Brazilian music what ragtime is to American music.
Early choro composers like Nazareth used 19th century dance music harmonies and structures but enriched them with much more complex rhythms. Like ragtime and its offshoots, choro is the taproot to a whole family of Brazilian popular music styles like bossa nova and samba, which now greatly overshadow it. The analogy doesn't totally hold up choro developed around the same time as ragtime but it lasted much longer in the popular imagination- most of its biggest names seem to have recorded in the '50s but it's not too bad.
Originally Posted by John Kasley. There's a couple of us down in Williamsburg who play a few choros on the mandolin if you're interested in getting together. Back in , Joaquin Calado, one of the hottest musicians of his time, formed a band in Rio called "O Choro de Calado," with two guitars, cavaquinho and himself on flute.
Even though he was conservatory trained, the purpose of the band was to get together and play for pleasure, free of the constraints of formal classical ensembles. They'd play and improvise, and the tunes that caught on wound up in their regular repertoire. It was all very informal, a vibe that still governs choro today. The use of the term choro always defies explanation.
I'd reckon, though, that simply by using it in the name of his band, Calado provided a name for the form, and that the explanation isn't a whole lot more complicated than that.
As far as emotion, though, choro is emotionally "hot," and is supposed to be played with passion and emotional intensity. It's not supposed to be cool and cerebral. The slow beautiful tunes can make you cry.
The fast tunes make you want to cry for joy and jump up and dance. Calado attracted some of the best musicians in town to play with him, and was close with Chiquinha Gonzaga, who was apparently a force to be reckoned with, utterly irresistible, both as a pianist and as a person. Gonzaga electrified Rio simply by being in the band. She contributed several tunes to the repertoire, most famously "Atraente" and "Gaucho" aka "Corta Jaca". She composed some ravishingly beautiful modinhas as well.
Highly trained conservatory musicians playing relaxed and informal music for their own pleasure. They improvised where they could, played popular melodies, and dug around for racy rhythms that had no place in the conservatory. That explains a lot of why the melodies are so bloody difficult and the harmonies and rhythms so intriguing!
Interestingly, we think of Calado and Gonzaga as "first generation," pre-dating the modern choro composers like Pixinhuinha, Ernesto Nazareth and Jacob do Bandolim. But Nazareth's "Brejeiro," a stalwart of the modern catalog, was written no later than , and Gonzaga's "Gaucho" was written in !
So the generations are a lot more mixed than we tend to believe. Pixinguinha came a bit later. He got his start in , years ago! He was probably most responsible for bringing choro to the world outside Brazil, with a couple of visits to Paris in which his band became the toast of the town. Doug Hoople Adult-onset Instrumentalist or was that addled-onset?
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