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About the Work
The "Chôros" - similar to a "Serenade" - was a kind of music very popular from the beginning of the 20th century until about 1950 in Brazil. The main instrumentation is based in guitar, mandolin, "cavaquinho", percussion, and a solo instrument, which could be either flute or clarinet. The "chôro" derivates from the European polka and valse, but was also influenced by the African "Lundu". Pixinguinha, Dilermando Reis, Benedito Lacerda, Jacob do Bandolim, among other remarkable musicians, have put this genre at a high artistic level, and Villa-Lobos transformed it through the strength of his musical personality.
More than fifty years have passed and now, this easy and pleasant music has been rediscovered by musicians, critics and the public. The "Chôro Antigo" for flute and clarinet brings to the present a revival of music which had almost disappeared. This lovely and unpretentious music is directed to a large audience - due to its diversity - and also for the teachers and music students that will find in this piece some interesting challenges. Enjoy it!
Duo score: 8 pages. Please enjoy this performance of the work by Alphonsos Silveira (clarinet) and Thallyana Barbosa (flute):
About the Composer
Andersen Viana (1962-) has a PhD in Music Composition from the Federal University of Bahia, Brazil. He started his activities as a composer at age of thirteen and as a music professor at the age of nineteen. At present he works as a composer-conductor, cultural producer as well as a professor at Clóvis Salgado Foundation - Palácio das Artes in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, besides giving lectures and workshops in various institutions both in Brazil and abroad. He did his first studies with his father, Sebastião Vianna (assistant and revisor of Villa-Lobos), and lately he furthered his studies in other institutions in Brazil, Italy and Sweden: Federal University of Minas Gerais, Federal University of Bahia, Reale Accademia Filarmonica di Bologna, Arts Academy of Rome, Accademia Chigiana di Siena and Royal University College of Music in Stockholm. He has also published over forty music articles.
He has received twenty nine awards in Argentina, Belgium, Chile, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the USA, including the "Prix de Composition" at "First Composition Competition Festin Choral 2013" city of Billère-France, "First Prize" at the "Susanville Symphony Composition Competition 2012" in USA, "First Prize" in the International Contest of Composition "Lys Music Orchestra 2001" in Belgium, "First Prize" and the "Audience Prize" in the "Lambersart 2006 International Contest of Composition" in France. Up to the present he has composed around 417 musical pieces for orchestra, chamber, voices, acoustic and electronic instruments. He has also composed soundtracks for the following films: A Cartomante, Retalhos do Taquaril, Bem Próximo do Mal (Next Evil), Jogando para o Amanhã, O Próximo Passo, Gun's Speech, Trem Fantasma, 3:00:AM, Corações Ardentes, Filhos de Adão, Perdidos em Abbey Road, Vivalma, Manuelzão e Bananeira, Ofélia, Opostos, Minas Portuguesa, O Homem da Cabeça de Papelão, Convict, Ser Humano (Human Being), Um Dia Qualquer, Nego, Reenactment, Desafios, Oswaldo França Júnior and Padre Victor.
He has also organized and conducted/directed various vocal and instrumental ensembles, such as: "Orquestra Experimental" (1983), "Septheto Rio" (1986), "Coro Pedagógico da FEBEM" (1991), "Coro do Centro de Estudos da Embaixada do Brasil em Roma" (1993), "Coro da Cultura Inglesa BH" (1994), "Trio Barroco" (1994), "Orchestra Virtual" (1995), "Estocolmo Nonet" (1996), "The Duo" (1997), "Coro da SMRU", "Camerata Primavera" (2003), "A Cigarra e a Orquestra" (2006-2008), the "Coral IOCHPE MAXION" (2009) and the "Coral Sebastião Vianna" (2014). He has developed diverse musical projects in countries other than Brazil such as: Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria, Chile, USA, France, Germany, Greece, Honduras, Italy, Portugal, The United Kingdom, the Czech Republic, Russia and Sweden.
Duo Alea began performing music for bass clarinet and piano in 1996. As both performers searching for new repertoire and teachers working with students eager to develop as performers, it quickly became clear that there was a need for more repertoire featuring the bass clarinet. Filling this need became the mission of Alea Publishing & Recording.
Since our first publication in 1997, the Bach Suites, the Alea catalog now includes over 250 titles. As performing musicians ourselves, we pride ourselves on the accuracy and quality of our sheet music, as well as our ability to ship directly to customers around the world.
We are proud of the diversity of our catalog in terms of the inclusion of works by composers and arrangers from around the world. We are interested in continuing to expand this diversity, representing musical ideas from around the world.
In June 2020, we announced the creation of the Dolphy Prize for new works for bass clarinet by Black composers.
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