GuitarsWeB wrote:The original score, out of South America, had a different rhythm... NOT two 1/16th notes, but like the sample here.
It's not quite as straigtforward as that - both
rhythms come out of South America (Brazil to be more precise) and are associated with Sons de Carrilhões
I first came across the tune accompanied by the same figure as that in your sample i.e.
This is in fact characteristic of the lundu
whereas Pernambuco's ditty is a maxixe
. No lesser Brazilian authorities than Dilermando Reis and Carlos Barbosa-Lima have presented it thus:
Of course there has always been a certain degree of cross-fertilisation and improvisation - to all intents and purposes this is folk music and not set in stone. Not only that but Guimarães was musically illiterate therefore every written version is to some extent an arrangement.
When listening to real chorões perform Sons de Carrilhões
it is quite common to hear both these rhythmic cells (and more) simultaneously; the way an arranger distills this conglomerate in order to form a playable version for a solo instrument is quite personal, dependent on each individual's sensibilities and engagement with the music.
GuitarsWeB wrote:Personally, I think the original is more musical.
My point is that both might be considered original and/or authentic.
Having said that - Carlos Barbosa-Lima has stated outright that the ubiquitous syncopated pattern is just plain wrong.
If called upon to play Sons de Carrilhões
these days I spontaneously switch between various accompaniment patterns and improvised insertions according to how I feel the music is proceeding - I rarely go for "straight". I will also perform it rather more slowly on occasion - Carlos (Barbos-L) convinced me that the melody was intended as a serenade - lyrical and open to interweaving counterpoint. For what it's worth Reis recorded it at just under 60 bpm.
Caveat - although I have, on occasion, been taught by and worked with Brazilian musicians I am by no means
an expert on Brazilian style ... perhaps Luis Br. will chime in with more pertinent comment?
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