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Music in Brazil is one of several case-study volumes that can be used along with Thinking Musically, the core book in the Global Music Series. Thinking Musically incorporates music from many diverse cultures and establishes the framework for exploring the practice of music around the world. It sets the stage for an array of case-study volumes, each of which focuses on a single area of the world. Each case study uses the contemporary musical situation as a point of departure, covering historical information and traditions as they relate to the present. Visit for a list of case studies in the Global Music Series. The website also includes instructional materials to accompany each study.

As the largest nation in Latin America, Brazil is home to some of the most celebrated music in the world. Music in Brazil covers a wide spectrum of this music, including samba, bossa nova, Tropicália, and MPB (Música Popular Brasileira); regional traditional and popular music; Brazilian rock, rap, and electronica; and such genres as sertaneja (similar to country-and-western music) and brega (sentimental pop).

Music in Brazil is organized the themes of unity, diversity, cosmopolitanism, and verbal artistry. It shows how Brazilian music expresses the unity of the country's culture, discussing, for example, how samba plays a major part in annual Carnaval celebrations and provides a focus for nationalist sentiment. In contrast, the book also demonstrates how music represents the diversity of Brazilian culture, describing how each of Brazil's regions is home to unique genres of music, and how the audiences for various types of music reflect class distinctions. In addition, author John P. Murphy presents examples of cosmopolitan Brazilian music and emphasizes the connections between music and other aspects of Brazilian culture, especially language and gender. Enhanced by vivid illustrations and guided listening activities, this book is a captivating introduction to the music of Brazil. It is packaged with a 60-minute audio CD containing examples of the music discussed in the book, many of which are taken from the author's field recordings.

About the Author

John P. Murphy is Associate Professor of Jazz Studies at the University of North Texas College of Music. He has published on Brazilian traditional and popular music, Cuban music in New York, jazz improvisation, and college teaching, and is active as a saxophonist.

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CD Track List


1. Samba, Brazil's National Music

Carnaval in Recife: Traditional Musics and Current Pop in a Historic Setting

Samba in Rio de Janeiro: Music From the Morros

Varieties of Samba: Not Just for Caranaval

The History of Samba: From Marginal to National

Samba Percussion

The Malandro and the Mulata: Samba and Gender Roles

"The Mystery of Samba"

Carmen Miranda Brings the Samba to Hollywood

Samba and Carnaval: The Sambadrome and Beyond


Samba Today: A Range of Meanings

Samba Raro

Eu Tiro é Onda

The Song "O Mistério do Samba"

2. Projecting Brazilian Identity Nationally and Internationally

Choro: An Early Rio de Janeiro Instrumental Style

The Emergence of Choro

Northeastern Influences

Jacob de Bandolim and Waldir Azevedo

The Choro Revival

Choro, Art Music, and Jazz

Women in Choro

Brazilian Art Music Briefly Surveyed

Bossa nova: The Intimate Samba Sound Known Worldwide

The Term Bossa Nova

A Bossa Nova Classic

"The Girl from Ipanema"

Other Ways of Playing Bossa Nova

Bossa Nova and Jazz

The Sound of a Modernizing Brazil

Tropicália: Cultural Cannibalism, Late '60s Style

MPB: Sophisticated Songwriting With a Political Edge

Música Brega: Sentimental Songs Loved by Millions

The Romantic Balladry of Roberto Carlos


3. Expressing Afro-Brazilian and Indigenous Identity

Capoeira: Music, Movement, and the Legacy of Zumbi

The Orquestra and the Berimbau

Capoeira: Other American Martial Arts and the African Heritage

Capoeira: Resistance and Revolt

Capoeira Regional and Atual

Music of Brazil's Indigenous Peoples

Music of the Kayapó-Kikrin: A Ritual of an Amazonian People

The Kayapó and the Environment

Inspired by Indigenous Music

Popular Music in the Amazon Region

4. The Sound of the Northeast

Bumba-meu-boi and Cavalo-Marinho: The Drama of the Magical Ox

Cavalo-marinho Performers and Audiences

Three Master Performers of Cavalo-marinho

Cavalo-marinho Performance Contexts

A Cavalo-marinho Performance

Cavalo-marinho Today

Maracatu: Afro-Brazilian Carnival Genre With a Sacred Side

A Sambada

Maracutu Rural

Siba and Barachinha's "Catimbó"

Baião and Forró: Accordian-Driven Dance Music

Luiz Gonzaga and the Baião

Luiz Gonzaga's Music and the Invention of the Northeast

Arlindo dos Oito Baixos and Instrumental Forró

The Technique of the Sanfona de Oito Baixos

The Symbolic Importance of the Sanfona de Oito Baixos

The Tune



Rhythmic Accompaniment

Forró and Northeastern Identity

5. Expressing Southern Brazilian Identity

Música Caipira: Rural Music of the South

Música Caipira in a Sacred Context: Folias de Reis

Música Caipira in a Secular Context


Música Caipira on Records and Radio

The Viola Caipira

Roberto Corrêa and the Viola Caipira

Música Sertaneja: Brazilian "Country" Music

Música Gaúcha: Celebrating Brazil's Far South

The Nativist Movement in Rio Grande do Sul

Renato Borghetti and Progressive Música Gaúcha

The Sound of the South

Popular Music and Social Action in Porto Alegre


6. The Innovative Music and Scene of Recife

Brazilian Music and Cosmopolitanism

Cássia Eller


Hermeto Pascoal

The Mangue Movement, Chico Science and Naçao Zumbi, and Popular Music in Recife

Mundo Livre S/A: Working Toward a Free World

Devotos: A Hardcore Look at Life in Recife

Facos do Subúrbio: Rap and Embolada From the ALto José do Pinho

DJ Dolores e Orchestra Santa Massa: Electronic Maracatu

Comadre Florzinha and Women's Participation in the Recife Scene






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Murphy, John P.
Oxford University Press, USA
null, John P.
Murphy, John Patrick
Popular music
Folk music
Music | World Music, Ethnomusicology
Popular music -- Brazil.
Folk music -- Brazil -- History and criticism.
Music-Folk and Ethnic
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