Recent researches sais it is a legend. He was actually literate. He just didn't write socres.Soller wrote:but was also illiterate.
So why Dilermando Reis version has a different rhythm?Soller wrote: It does not mean "that there is no original". Original in this sense is more a "poetic license", I agree, but the scores written by Turibio Santos, Joao Borges, et al. are very consistent along the time and are considered to be representative of what Joao has composed and played.
Dilermando lived with Pernambuco in the same house, and that is when he learnt the piece from Pernambuco.
Turibio Santos version is also with a different rhythm figure than Barbosa-Lima's.
Barbosa-Lima sais he use that rhythm because it is a maxixe.
I found a post on a Brazilian forum where Fabio Zanon says he finally could listen to Pernambuco's own recording. He said rhythm is sometimes eihgth-sixteenth, sometimes those 3 sixteenth (like Dilermando's way). He said maybe it is always those 3 sixteenth, but he couldn't listened to it because sound quality of the recording is very poor...
I agree most arrangements does not change the melody/harmony and notes are almost the same. But the rhythm changes completely the swing of the music.