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Sunday, May 6, 2018

The Brazilian Choro

Aloha Everyone,

J.J. and I first heard Choro music performed on guitar during our stay in San Miguel Allende in the Colonial Highlands of Mexico. The melody I recall was sorrowful and melancholy in spite of its quick tempo.

Choro traces its origin to 19th century Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It is instrumental music. The Portuguese word, Choro means cry or lament.

The music came from Portuguese settlers, other Europeans, Africans and native Indians. It is influenced by waltz, schottische, polka, mazurka and habanera. Chorro is considered uniquely Brazilian just like samba.

Anthony Cutietta was the guest performer at our granddaughter’s flute recital. J.J. and I love music. It was a special treat to hear a professional performance in an intimate parlor-like setting which was how this music used to be played. Anthony gave a brief introduction to the Brazilian Guitar Choro and performed several short pieces. The audience were student musicians, their families and friends. In other words, we were appreciative and attentive.

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.”
 ― Plato

Aloha -- Cathi