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The Berimbau: Soul of Brazilian Music

Eric A. Galm

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604734058
eISBN:
9781604734065
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604734058.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

The Brazilian berimbau, a musical bow, is most commonly associated with the energetic martial art/dance/game of capoeira. This study explores its stature from the 1950s to the present in diverse ... More


Introduction

Eric A. Galm

in The Berimbau: Soul of Brazilian Music

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604734058
eISBN:
9781604734065
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604734058.003.0001
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

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 ... More


Historical Connections and the Emergence of a National Symbol

Eric A. Galm

in The Berimbau: Soul of Brazilian Music

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604734058
eISBN:
9781604734065
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604734058.003.0002
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

This chapter presents a historical introduction to the berimbau and capoeira. Topics discussed include the history of capoeira in Brazil; the berimbau’s survival and formal association with capoeira; ... More


Theme and Variations: Tracing a Musical Motif from Bossa Nova to the 1990s

Eric A. Galm

in The Berimbau: Soul of Brazilian Music

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604734058
eISBN:
9781604734065
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604734058.003.0003
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

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, ... More


Afrocentric Themes of Resistance

Eric A. Galm

in The Berimbau: Soul of Brazilian Music

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604734058
eISBN:
9781604734065
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604734058.003.0004
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

This chapter continues the chronological study of the berimbau’s transformation in Brazilian popular music. It focuses on the fusion of musical genres, and how the berimbau as a metaphor has ... More


The “One Note Samba” Starts to Jam1

Eric A. Galm

in The Berimbau: Soul of Brazilian Music

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604734058
eISBN:
9781604734065
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604734058.003.0005
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

This chapter describes three individuals within Brazilian popular music who have moved the berimbau into genres beyond capoeira: Naná Vasconcelos, Dinho Nascimento, and Ramiro Musotto. Vasconcelos ... More


Creation Myths

Eric A. Galm

in The Berimbau: Soul of Brazilian Music

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604734058
eISBN:
9781604734065
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604734058.003.0006
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

This chapter begins with an overview of Brazilian art music. It then discusses how African-derived thematic material has been used in the genre since the late 1800s; Ganguzama, the first symphonic ... More


Conclusions

Eric A. Galm

in The Berimbau: Soul of Brazilian Music

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604734058
eISBN:
9781604734065
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604734058.003.0008
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

This chapter connects several strands of history, cultural studies, music, and the multiple diasporic presences within the black Atlantic, analyzing the threads of a rich tapestry of Brazilian music ... More


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